Cañon City man sets another man on fire, Fremont County Sheriff's Office says

By: Chhun Sun
March 19, 2017 Updated: March 19, 2017 at 9:11 pm

A Cañon City man was arrested after he allegedly set another man on fire early Sunday, the Fremont County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

The victim, identified as 40-year-old Jason Crowder of Cañon City, suffered severe burns all over his body and was airlifted to a burn center in critical condition, the Sheriff's Office said.

Michael Scavarda, 34, is accused of first-degree assault with disfigurement, fourth-degree arson, first-degree burglary and reckless endangerment, the Sheriff's Office said.

Just before 3 a.m. Sunday, a caller told police that a man who had been living and sleeping in his vehicle was set on fire and needed immediate medical attention. The caller also told police that the man escaped the vehicle before it was engulfed in flames.

Deputies arrived at a home in the 1600 block of Park Avenue and found a man with severe burns, the Sheriff's Office said. Crowder told investigators that Scavarda had lit him on fire, the Sheriff's Office said.

Scarvarda was later arrested at his home in Cañon City.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing, the Sheriff's Office said.

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