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19-year-old Set Self on Fire, Father Also Burned Trying to Distinguish Flames

The Star Tribune reported that a 19-year-old Hudson man apparently set himself on fire in his family’s garage early Wednesday morning.
Brandon Helm suffered burns on over 80 percent of his body. His father, Michael Helm, 43, was also injured as he tried to distinguish the flames.
Police are investigating whether Brandon set himself on fire intentionally or if it was an accident, the Hudson Star-Observer reported.
The fire was reported at 1:22 a.m. Wednesday. According to the Hudson Star-Observer, fire crews used hand-hoses as well as a truck-mounted “master stream? to control the fire.
Brandon was taken immediately to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, while his father was taken to Hudson Hospital before being transferred to Regions, the Hudson Star-Observer reported.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Michael was listed in serious condition, but Brandon’s condition was unknown, the Star Tribune reported.
The fire also damaged the garage, destroyed two cars that were in the garage and caused smoke damage to the attached house, the Hudson Star-Observer reported.