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Man burned alive after running into flames at annual Burning Man festival

By Mason White 2:55 PM September 5, 2017
Burning man festival (illustration)
Burning man festival (illustration)
By: William Martin

(Scroll down for video) Police are trying to figure out whether a man who was burned alive at the annual Burning Man festival, accidentally fell into the flames or wanted to commit suicide, according to police in Nevada.

Aaron Joel Mitchell, 41, succumbed Sunday morning to injuries suffered after breaking through a safety perimeter Saturday night, and running into the fire at the annual Burning Man event in northern Nevada.

Mitchell’s family has been notified of his death.

Burning Man is working with local and federal law enforcement agencies, and an investigation is currently ongoing.

After being pulled from the fire by Black Rock City fire personnel, Mitchell was treated on scene, transported to the on-site medical facility, and airlifted to UC Davis Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center in Sacramento, California.

He succumbed after arriving at the burn center.

The Burning Man organization canceled scheduled burns through noon Sunday, but will proceed with the scheduled Temple burn at 8:00 p.m. Sunday night.

Mitchell, who was born in Oklahoma, got married and moved to Switzerland.

He recently came back to the United States, to watch the total solar eclipse and to attend the Burning Man festival.