Manager: ‘Employees heard screaming, smelled gas’ as man lit himself on fire

Apr 5, 2018, 10:52 PM | Updated: 11:37 pm

KAYSVILLE, Utah — Four Kaysville Police officers sustained burns after responding to a call at a Top Stop gas station on Thursday. The officers were trying to save a man who set himself on fire inside the store.

The four officers were called about 2 p.m. to the Chevron station near 200 N. 300 West. According to the Kaysville City Police Chief, Sol Oberg, an man, who was suicidal, walked into the gas station, doused himself in gasoline and lit himself on fire.

The officers jumped in to try to save the man and were burned while attempting to wrestle a lighter out of the man’s hands, police said.

Three officers, and the mentally ill man, were taken by medical helicopter to the University of Utah Burn Center. The fourth officer was taken by ground to Davis County hospital, officials said.

One of the officers had substantial burns to the back, and another had burns on the arm and face, Oberg said.

Waylon DeRobaum, the manager of the Chevron station, said the situation took place in a bathroom at the gas station.

“Employees heard screaming and smelled gas,” DeRobaum said.

“It’s very emotional for me to hear and see,” Oberg said. “At the same time, I feel a lot of pride in the fact that these officers, without hesitation, responded to an emergency to save, not only this suicidal person, but a lot of other people in what could have been, literally, an explosive situation.”

By 7:30 p.m., all but one officer had been released from the hospital. One Kaysville officer remains at the U of U Burn Center and is expected to stay for treatment for at least 10 days, officials said. The suicidal man remains in critical condition.

Related: 4 officers burned after suicidal man threatens to burn himself alive

Emergency personnel from the Kaysville Fire Department, Farmington Fire Department, Layton Fire Department, Davis County Sheriff’s Office, Utah Highway Patrol, Syracuse Police Department, Farmington Police Department, Clinton Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives responded to the scene, Kaysville police officials said.

Suicide Prevention Resources

If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide or is exhibiting warning signs, KSL encourages you to call the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Crisis Hotlines

Utah County Crisis Line: 801-226-4433
Salt Lake County/UNI Crisis Line: 801-587-3000
Wasatch Mental Health Crisis Line: 801-373-7393
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK
Trevor Project Hotline for LGBTQ teens: 1-866-488-7386

Online resources

NAMI Utah:
Utah Chapter-American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:
Suicide Prevention Lifeline:

KSL 5 TV Live


(FILE) Logan police arrested a man Monday afternoon following a short pursuit in a stolen vehicle....

Mark Jones

Logan police arrest man following a short pursuit in stolen vehicle

Logan police say a 35-year-old man is in custody following a short pursuit Monday afternoon.

14 hours ago

Neighbors are still picking up the pieces of a high-speed crash last Thursday that caused extensive...

Garna Mejia

Last week’s high-speed crash has neighbors trying to sort things out

Neighbors are still picking up the pieces of a high-speed crash last Thursday that caused extensive property damage in Salt Lake City's East Liberty Park neighborhood.

17 hours ago

Jerrid Joseph Powell, suspected of shooting to death three men, is expected to appear in court Mond...

Sara Smart and Elizabeth Wolfe, CNN

Los Angeles man charged with murder in fatal shootings of 3 sleeping homeless men, DA says

A suspect has been charged in the Los Angeles shooting deaths of three homeless men and one other person at his home in San Dimas, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced Monday.

19 hours ago

Police lights...

Associated Press

Idaho officers kill man who fired at authorities during traffic stop, state police say

A 34-year-old man was shot by police and died at the scene in eastern Idaho, Idaho State police say,

19 hours ago

Law enforcement officers, right, stand near armored and tactical vehicles, center, near a property ...

Associated Press

Maine offers free university tuition to Lewiston shooting victims, families

Maine's public university system is offering free tuition to family members of those who died and to those who were injured in the deadliest mass shooting in state history, officials said Wednesday.

19 hours ago

FILE - OxyContin pills are arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt., Feb. 19, 2013. Pu...

MARK SHERMAN Associated Press

Supreme Court wrestles with OxyContin maker’s bankruptcy deal, with billions of dollars at stake

The Supreme Court is wrestling with a nationwide settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma that would shield members of the Sackler family who own the company from civil lawsuits over the toll of opioids.

23 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Design mockup half in white and half in color of luxury house interior with open plan living room a...

Lighting Design

Lighting Design 101: Learn the Basics

These lighting design basics will help you when designing your home, so you can meet both practical and aesthetic needs.

an antler with large horns int he wilderness...

Three Bear Lodge

Yellowstone in the Fall: A Wildlife Spectacle Worth Witnessing

While most people travel to this park in the summer, late fall in Yellowstone provides a wealth of highlights to make a memorable experience.

a diverse group of students raising their hands in a classroom...

Little Orchard Preschool

6 Benefits of Preschool for Kids

Some of the benefits of preschool for kids include developing independence, curiosity, and learning more about the world.

Manager: ‘Employees heard screaming, smelled gas’ as man lit himself on fire