Watch: Man sets himself on fire while trying to torch building during riots in North Carolina


FAYETTEVILLE, NC – Video recently surfaced online of a man accidentally setting himself on fire while trying to start a fire at the Market House in Fayetteville, all within the view of protesters.

The incident took place on May 30th, where onlookers can be seen as someone apparently attempts to commit an act of arson. In a matter of seconds, that criminal act turned on the rioter – and fast.

Another video captured of the fire provides a closer view of what took place atop the steps of the Market House.

The individual can be seen trying to retrieve some sort of incendiary object from the ground that is already on fire, presumably something similar to a Molotov cocktail.

After picking the item up and attempting to throw it through a doorway, the flames immediately shower the rioter; setting his head and backside on fire.

The unidentified rioter begins running down the stairs, engulfed in flames, where onlookers then begin to rush toward him to help put out the flames on his body.

It was reported that the protests in Fayetteville remained non-violent from when they started at 3:00 p.m. on May 30th, until about 7:00 p.m. that evening. By 7:15 p.m., people outside of the Market House had caught wind of the fire burning inside.

It was said that the fire was extinguished at the Market House by approximately 8:00 p.m., but there were additional reports that came in saying that flames could be seen from the structure once again by 8:45 p.m., though it’s unknown if it was from a second intentional act of arson or remnants of the first.

Shortly after 9:00 p.m., a civil emergency response was enacted by police in the immediate area of the protests in Fayetteville.

The response was said to be an effort to “protect people, property and businesses. They’re trained to react to crowd control/violence.”

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The Cross Creek Mall, which had been closed earlier due to concerns over the demonstrations, had apparently gathered a crowd of protesters by 10:15 p.m. that night.

However, there were also rioters and looters that had arrived at the mall, and apparently began looting the JCPenney store.

A number of arrests were reported to have occurred as a result, but it is unknown exactly how many people were taken into custody following the looting at the Cross Creek Mall.

The day following the riots and looting, Fayetteville Mayor Mitch Colvin imposed a curfew for the city from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., considering the events that played out on the 30th.

Both Mayor Colvin and Fayetteville Police Chief Gina Hawkins believe that there are non-locals coming into the city and causing this sort of damage.

The mayor stated that the curfew that has been enacted will be able to help identify if that is in fact the case.

What’s more interesting, is that Fayetteville happened to be another city where some random pile of bricks were found laying around near were certain protesters convened. 

Locals who have been documenting the sites where criminal damage and riots took place took video of the very piles, and placed a link to a Dropbox account where a narrator shoots video noting the position of the random pile of bricks. 

Others have taken to Twitter to ask locals within Fayetteville to see if they can locate any other possible sites that contain bricks as well. 

Local small business owner Cyrus Glass, who owns the candy store Rocket Fizz, positioned himself outside of his shop to protect it from looters and rioters. He said that he feels like the police aren’t doing enough to stop the rioting. 

Glass held his position out front of the candy shop, with a stick in hand in case anyone attempts to harm his business:

“To be honest with you, I feel like the police department has failed me because they’re standing here and letting these guys vandalize businesses. With that being said, what I’m doing right now, I’m protecting my own.”

Things have gotten bad where people feel so worried about their private property during these riots that they’re literally having to position themselves armed with weapons outside of their candy shop. 

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