Man dies after setting himself on fire

A North Royalton man, upset over problems that cropped up since his divorce about a year ago, apparently doused himself with camping
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

A North Royalton man, upset over problems that cropped up since his divorce about a year ago, apparently doused himself with camping-stove fuel and set himself on fire Saturday night near his ex-wife's relative's house in Vermilion, police said.

Adam Kurczi, 31, died Sunday morning at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo. He had been placed on life support after being taken there by medical helicopter from the scene.

Vermilion police Sgt. Michael Reinheimer said the department got the first 911 calls about a car on fire at 8:45 p.m. Saturday in the 3300 block of Cooper Foster Park Road. Police officers, Vermilion firefighters and North Central EMS rescue personnel arrived to find Kurczi's 2006 Dodge Charger smoldering and Kurczi lying about 20 yards away, burned over 100 percent of his body. Neighbors had extinguished the fire with fire extinguishers and garden hoses, Reinheimer said.

Neighbors told police Kurczi had gone to the house where his ex-wife's family was having a party, wanting to see her. He poured the can of fuel over himself, got back into his car and lit the fuel on fire. He then got back out of his car and fell where officers found him.

North Central EMS and LIfe Flight crew members treated Kurczi at the scene to stabilize him for the trip, Reinheimer said.