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Maidstone cafe workers battle to save man found on fire in Mote Park

05 December 2013
by James Walker
Witnesses have today told how horrified passers-by battled to save a man found on fire at Mote Park in Maidstone.
 
One man desperately tried to fight the flames as two women grabbed jugs of water from a cafe after the man was found alight yesterday afternoon.
 
The man, believed to be in his 30s, suffered "extremely serious" burns in the horrific ordeal at about 4.30pm.
Police were called to Mote Park in Maidstone

Police were called to Mote Park in Maidstone

Emergency services were called to the scene after receiving a call from a distraught witness saying a man was in flames. 
 
Firefighters, police, paramedics, and the Kent Air Ambulance arrived on grassland to treat the victim at the scene.
 
He was then taken by road to a specialist unit at King's College Hospital, in London, where he remains today.
 
"We realised someone was on fire so we both ran over there and back to the cafe to grab jugs of water..." - witness Teisha Maytum 
Today witnesses Teisha Maytum and Debbie King, who both work at the Cafe at the Park, told how they were among the first at the scene.

Teisha said: "We suddenly saw a fire light, arms waving, and shouting. We realised someone was on fire so we both ran over there and back to the cafe to grab jugs of water.

"There was a man with him trying to fight the flames. By the time we got the jugs back to him he had managed to put it out."

A spokesman for South East Coast Ambulance Service, which sent three vehicles to the scene, said he was in an "extremely serious condition".
 
Kent Fire and Rescue Service said two crews were also sent to the scene.
 
It is not yet clear how the man came to be on fire, but a Kent Police spokesman said the incident is not being treated as suspicious.

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