Man trying to exterminate beehive sets self on fire

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A man was flown to the hospital with burns after he tried to destroy a beehive.

A Dowagiac man caught fire on Wednesday while trying to exterminate a beehive.

It happened in the 28000 block of Middle Crossing Road in Cass County's Silver Creek Township, near Dowagiac.

Witnesses say the victim, Leslie Howard Cross II, was badly burned while trying to incinerate an underground bee hive.

Upon arrival at the scene, police found Cross was no longer on fire and a neighbor had extinguished him.

Cross was flown by medical helicopter to Bronson Methodist Hospital's burn center in Kalamazoo for treatment. Details about his condition weren't immediately released.

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