Piqua man suffers life-threatening’ burns

PIQUA — A Piqua man was transported to Upper Valley Medical Center after suffering serious burns while apparently burning trash in his back yard on Tuesday.

Piqua police, fire, and medics responded to the 1000 block of South Roosevelt Avenue after a man with apparent burns was found sitting in his back yard shortly before noon.

Deputy Piqua Police Chief Marty Grove said that a neighbor spotted an elderly neighbor sitting in a chair in his back yard and “not acting right.” As the neighbor approached, she discovered the man “appeared to be suffering from burns.”

“Officers and medics found an elderly gentleman who appeared to be burning trash in his yard when he suffered what appears to be life-threatening burns to his body,” Grove said.

The man, said to be in his mid-80s, was taken to Upper Valley Medical Center by Piqua Fire Department medics where they were met by CareFlight who flew the man to Miami Valley Hospital.

His name and condition have not been released.

Grove said that indications at the scene show that the man may have been using an accelerant as he attempted to burn trash in what appeared to be a trash barrel.

The incident is being investigated by both Piqua police and fire investigators.