(Brishti Basu / Victoria Buzz)

Victoria Police has just confirmed that the man who was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries this afternoon has died.

Police, emergency services, and firefighters responded to a call in the 600-block of Gorge Road East this afternoon at about 12:20 PM.

According to VicPD, the man had been on fire and was severely injured, when bystanders stepped in to help him.

The individual’s identity and cause of the fire has not been released, as authorities are working on notifying his family.

(Brishti Basu/Victoria Buzz)

Extinguishing the flame

The incident occurred in the parking lot behind Chiba Sushi and Sub Stop Shop.

Victoria Buzz spoke to Lorie Jimenez, owner of Sub Stop Shop, who told us that a customer ran into her business asking for a fire extinguisher to help save the man who was on fire.

Lorie’s husband, Jesse, then quickly doused the flames with an extinguisher, after which paramedics, police, and firefighters were called to the site.

Victoria Police, Victoria Fire Department, and the BC Coroners Service are currently investigating the incident.

If you have any information about this incident, please call VicPD’s non-emergency line at (250) 995-7654 or report what you know anonymously by contacting Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1(800) 222-8477.

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