Ventura: Homeless man hospitalized after being set on fire

On Saturday night, 1-17-15, at 11pm, the Ventura Police Department communications received a call that he had just found victim, 58 year old John Frazier, who is homeless, on fire at the south end of Seaward.  The caller managed to put out the fire using sand.

Area of crime: Seawall Ventura

Area of crime: Seawall Ventura

Police and Fire personnel arrived on scene, they found Frazier and some of his personal items still smoldering. After further investigation it was determined that Frazier had been was in his sleeping bag with his backpack next to him on the sand side of the retaining wall at .  Frazier woke up when three males poured lighter fluid on him and then lit him on fire. The reporting party said when he saw the flames they were about five to six feet high and Frazier’s entire upper torso was on fire. The reporting party used sand to put the fire out before calling 911.

Frazier was admitted to CMH and was later transported to a burn unit for 2nd and 3rd degree burns to his upper torso and face. The victim has been transported to USC Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. He is currently suffering from burns up to 40% of his extremities and torso, but is expected to survive.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Ventura Police Department at 339-4309.

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