UPDATE | Man who lit himself on fire and ran into house dies

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Monday, April 25, 2016 | UPDATE: 9:45 a.m.

RICHMOND COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen says the cause of death is "full body thermal injuries," and the manner is suicide. Bowen says there will not be an autopsy in this case.

Bowen also elaborated Valakos died at 1:30 Saturday morning at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center, where he was transported Friday morning. He adds the Richmond County Fire Department, Coroner’s Office and Sheriff’s Department are still investigating.



Saturday, April 23, 2016 | UPDATE: 11 a.m.

RICHMOND COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A man accused of lighting himself on fire and running into a house died overnight.

Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen confirms Steven Valakos, 37, died sometime Friday night.

Richmond County deputies say Valakos set himself on fire before running into a house on Eisenhower Drive.


Friday, April 22, 2016 | UPDATE: 11:20 a.m.

RICHMOND COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Richmond County deputies say a man set himself on fire and then ran into a house on Eisenhower Drive.

Investigators say Steven Valakos, 37, was involved in a domestic issue with someone else in the house, and so he lit himself on fire before running into the house.

Deputies say he is currently being treated for his injuries. The fire has since been put out.

Deputies are still investigating but say charges may be pending.


Friday, April 22, 2016 | UPDATE: 9:40 a.m.

RICHMOND COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Crews have put out a fire on Eisenhower Drive and the road is back open to traffic.

Fire investigators are working to find out what started the fire. A man was taken to the hospital with burns and a woman was being treated for smoke inhalation.



Friday, April 22, 2016

RICHMOND COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Eisenhower Drive off of Washington Road near Garrett Elementary is blocked off for a structure fire, according to Richmond County dispatch.

Officials on scene tell us one man was burned and has been taken to the hospital. No word yet on how bad he was injured. Another woman suffered from smoke inhalation and is also being taken to the hospital.

The fire was called in at 8:05 a.m. Friday. Check back for updates.