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Man cuts off his hand and sets it on fire

By Mason White 2:03 PM March 23, 2014
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By: Aarav Sen
A mentally disturbed man was rushed to a hospital after cutting off his own hand and setting it on fire, rescue workers in the United Kingdom said.

Devan Police said that ambulance crews rushed to a house after receiving reports that the 44-year-old man, was going to hurt himself with a knife.

However, when officers arrived at the scene in Ogwell, they found the man had cut his hand, threw it into a trash can and set it on fire. They kicked the bin and pulled out the charred remains of the amputated limb, but it was too burned to be saved.

The man was taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, after the gruesome incident at 1:40 p.m. on Monday.

South Western Ambulance Service said that the wounded man was treated for hand and wrist injuries before being taken to the hospital. The Devon and Cornwall Police departments confirmed that officers were dispatched to the scene because of concern for the welfare of the man.