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Police: TVCC Student Sets HImself On Fire, In Critical Condition


  • Treasure Valley Community College
Law enforcement in Ontario, Ore., and officials at Treasure Valley Community College continue to investigate a Wednesday incident in which a student was badly burned after he reportedly set himself on fire.

Witnesses said Ramon Fry, 22, doused himself in gasoline and set himself ablaze with a lighter. The incident occurred in front of the Student Service Center at the Ontario campus. Ontario police said Fry apparently tried to put the fire out by jumping into a nearby courtyard fountain. He was rushed to a local hospital and has since been airlifted to the University of Utah Burn Center with life-threatening injuries. Police said Fry was in critical condition.

Abby Lee, TVCC's director of public information, wrote in a press release that "accelerant and a lighter were found nearby." She added that no one else was involved in the incident. 

Ontario police said Thursday morning that officers had been attempting to coordinate mental health services for Fry prior to the incident. Further, authorities reported the act "does not appear to be a case of attempted suicide."

"This is a tragic event," police stated in a news release, "but emphasizes the reason local law enforcement and mental health services have been increasing our awareness and training relating to mental health issues."

Meanwhile, TVCC officials said they would offer counseling services to students and staff in the wake of the incident.