HOUSTON A homeless man who was found with burns over half of his body in Midtown late Monday may have been trying to steal copper when a fire ignited, according to the Houston Fire Department.

An ambulance driver saw a man on a bike screaming for help in the 3200 block of Travis Street around 10:30 p.m.

He led them to a 62-year-old homeless man at a bus stop, who was suffering from severe burns.

Investigators said someone was trying to steal copper at a nearby building when a fire started. They believe the burn victim may have been the suspect in that case.

Through the assistance of two Houston Arson investigators back-tracking in the vacant buildings around here leading them back to this building, they were able to call CenterPoint to get the 7200 volts cut from this building and there they were able to link the evidencethey found, saidJay Evans, Houston Fire Department. The burned clothing, the burned ladder, the burned saw and everything back to this gentleman that is in critical condition out at Hermann Hospital.

Evans feels the victim was not alone.

This man with that type of burns would not have been able to have walk unassisted a block and a half, Evans said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact authorities.

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