The man injured in a recent gas station fire in Lebanon set the fire intentionally in an apparent suicide attempt, police determined.
Karmbir Singh, 26, of Lebanon, succumbed to his injuries and died Sunday.
Surveillance video shows Singh, a native of India, at a gas pump at the BP gas station on Indianapolis Avenue just before the early morning fire on Oct. 13.
“Investigators were clearly able to observe Mr. Singh soaking several items in gasoline, and those items were later discovered to have been used to start the fire,” the Lebanon Police and Fire Departments said in a joint statement Tuesday evening.
Gasoline splashed into Singh’s legs as he soaked clothing held in his hand, Lebanon Police Detective Justin Fuston said. Singh then moved closer to the building and propane tanks where the fire started, and the video did not capture the fire’s ignition, Fuston said.
“It appeared on the video that after it started he realized it was a bad idea, but at that point it was too far,” Fuston said.
Singh was alone at the 24-hour gas station, but deputies outside the Boone County Jail across the street saw the fire and called 911 at about 2 a.m. and also ran to help Singh, Lebanon Fire Department Lt. Jason Adams said.
Firefighters saw flames at the nearby gas station as they left LFD’s firehouse on Lasley Drive. They extinguished the fire within about nine minutes.
Singh suffered burns to more than 50% of his body and was taken to Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis, which houses Indiana’s only verified adult burn center.
Preliminary damage to the station owned by Aman Singh was estimated at $50,000. Some exterior repairs have been made, but the station remained closed Wednesday.
Aman Singh also owns the BP station on W. South Street and the Phillips 66 station at the corner of South and Meridian streets in Lebanon. He lives in Frankfort and also owns two stations in that area.
Aman Singh is not related to Karmbir Singh, police said.