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Man sets colleague alight with gasoline

A 27-year-old Shanghai man was in a critical condition last night after a colleague poured gasoline over him and set him alight, city police said.

The suspect, surnamed Wu, 26, turned himself in about an hour later and confessed he planned the attack after a series of trivial disputes, Yangpu District police said in a press release.

The blaze occurred about 12:15pm in Fudan Grand Horizon Information Technology Co Ltd on Guotai Road in Yangpu.

The victim, surnamed Xing, was doused and set ablaze as he was taking a nap in the computer room on the second floor.

Residents nearby said they saw smoke billowing out of the building as many employees ran out in panic.

Xing, an employee of the company, was later carried out on a stretcher after firefighters brought the blaze under control.

Most of Xing's clothes were burnt off and he was covered in burns when he was put in an emergency vehicle, according to a security guard.

"Even soles of his feet were charred," the guard said.

Xing was taken to Changhai Hospital, where the prognosis was not good.

"All his skin suffered burns, of which 90 percent were third degree," said Ben Daofeng, a doctor in the hospital's burns unit. "His condition is really critical."

Ben said Xing needed a massive blood transfusion.

Wu told police he carried gasoline into the building about noon yesterday, splashed it over the sleeping Xing, lit the blaze and fled. Wu has been put under police custody.


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