PLEASANT HILL (KCBS) — A homeless man in Pleasant Hill suffered serious burns early Monday after his tent caught fire as he tried to warm himself with a candle.
Pleasant Hill police said a 56-year-old man was airlifted to the burn unit at the UC Davis Medical Center with severe burns to his legs, torso and arms. The temperature fell to 28 degrees at the time of the incident.
The man, whose name was not immediately released, told officers in the predawn hours that he had lit a candle inside his tent near Taylor Blvd. and Morello Avenue. Authorities said the tent caught fire and so did the man, who was found nude and lying on the sidewalk.
Homeless advocate Kia Croom said the homeless are suffering in the sometimes icy weather.