Portland police say stolen gas, cigarette led to fire

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PORTLAND — Authorities say a man in Portland caught on fire because he was smoking a cigarette while handling stolen gasoline.

Portland police said Sunday that 62-year-old Harry Frederick Suniville was treated for injuries after a fire burnt his pants and singed his hair. Suniville’s vehicle also suffered fire damage.

Authorities said Suniville had stolen a partially filled gas can from a nearby truck and began pouring the gas into his own vehicle. He was smoking a cigarette at the time.

Suniville has been charged with criminal mischief in the second degree, reckless burning and theft in the third degree. He’s been booked into jail and will be arraigned today.