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Police: Man says he accidentally set acquaintance on fire

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A Lancaster County man suffered burns on more than 50 percent of his body when he was set on fire during an argument with another man Sunday night, according to police.

The victim, 57-year-old Marlin Dyer, was flown to Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center in Baltimore and remained in critical condition Monday evening.

Jeremy Hostetter, 35, of Marietta, has been charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and arson.

Susquehanna Regional police said Hostetter allegedly threw a flammable liquid on Dyer and set the fire with a cigarette lighter.

Hostetter told investigators it was an accident, police said.

"I think he mentioned that he had a cigarette which lighted it, but that's not consistent with what witnesses were telling us," Lt. Steve Englert said.

Police said the two men were involved in an ongoing feud and had argued earlier in the day when Hostetter walked to Dyer's house.

"At that point, he made threats of possibly starting a fire there," Englert said. "However, he left without anything occurring."

Police said Dyer went after Hostetter again and the two men got into a fight along the side of North Decatur Road in East Donegal Township, where Dyer was set on fire around 7 p.m.

Witnesses helped put out the flames.

"You take a step back and think, 'did I really just hear what they just dispatched? Until you get there and see the reality of it and it's pretty violent, pretty gruesome," Englert said.

Hostetter was placed in Lancaster County Prison without bail. A preliminary hearing was scheduled Friday.


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