Two men doused, set on fire, suspect charged

Two men doused, set on fire in Baltimore, MD area. (Photo courtesy WBAL via CNN)

BALTIMORE, MD (WBAL) – Two men are in critical condition after police say they were set on fire by a co-worker in the Baltimore area Friday night.

“We were recording for a fight,” said witness David Widener.

That changed in an instant.

“He threw the gas on him and caught him on fire. It just happened so quick,” said Anthony Rodriguez, another witness.

The confrontation happened on Pulaski Highway, near Allender Road during Friday’s rush hour.

Police say both men received serious burns.

“One victim received burns over 90% of his body,” said Baltimore County Police Corporal Shawn Vinson. “His burns were so significant his clothes were burned off of him at the scene. And then our second victim received burns that were 60% of his body.”

Police say 28-year-old Christopher Harrison started the fire.  Investigators say Harrison worked with the victims.

Anthony Rodriguez works for the same company.  He said Harrison had an ongoing dispute with one of the victims.

“They kept pushing him and pushing him, saying they wanted to fight him,” said Rodriguez.

“They had agreed to settle it,” Widener said. “Nothing besides that was said, even leading up to the altercation, they both took their shirts off and they appeared like they were going to fight.”

The video of the fight was posted online, and police used it to track down the suspect in the case.

“We did receive this video,” said Vinson. “We do have that video as evidence that we’ll use to further our investigation and hopefully assist the prosecution in this case.”

As the investigation continues, a group of one of the victim’s friends is doing what they can to help him heal.

Harrison is facing many charges, including first degree attempted murder.

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