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Published February 14, 2012, 01:41 PM

Fargo man recovering after setting himself and his car on fire in Hillsboro

HILLSBORO, N.D. - A 34-year-old Fargo man is recovering after Hillsboro's police chief put out a fire on his burning body, extinguishing his apparent suicide attempt in front of the Traill County Courthouse.

HILLSBORO, N.D. - A 34-year-old Fargo man is recovering after Hillsboro's police chief put out a fire on his burning body, extinguishing his apparent suicide attempt in front of the Traill County Courthouse.

According to a news release from the Hillsboro Police Department:

At about 2:30 a.m. on Feb. 5, police were notified about a man that was allegedly suicidal that had just left a convenience store.

The man was later identified as Ryan M. Harstad of Fargo.

Harstad was located by police in the 10 block of First Street Northwest. He was then asked to step out of his vehicle. Harstad said no and started himself and his vehicle on fire.

Harstad came out of the driver's side window and fell to the ground.

Police Chief Ray Weber ran to Harstad and used his jacket to smother the fire.

Harstad was later transported to a burn unit at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

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