Madisonville PD: Suspected arsonist caught himself on fire

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Police in western Kentucky need help catching a couple of arsonists,  after surveillance video catches one of the suspects accidentally setting himself on fire.

Police say it happened on Sunday, and that the surveillance video shows a woman hitting a building with an object, while a man steps out of a van with what appears to be a Molotov cocktail.

In the video, he throws it towards the business and then returns to the van for a second one.  When he tosses the second one, however, the flames backfire and his leg catches on fire.  The man runs around the building, through the parking lot, and then towards some grass, where he tumbles and rolls before kicking off his shoe, which is still on fire.

Madisonville police are asking anyone who might recognize the two people seen in the video, to call them or the Hopkins Co. Crime Stoppers line at (270) 825-1111.

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