Morgan Baskett Chislehurst man sets himself on fire outside South East London pub after bad break up with waitress, Michelle Howarth. Had dated for four-five weeks.
At what price love? A heartbroken British man set himself on fire at a pub car park in front of his ex-girlfriend who dumped him after only a few weeks together, according to reports.
Witnesses say flames reached at least 15-feet high as the burning man, identified as UK man, Morgan Baskett, 42, begged ‘Let me die’ after torching himself outside the Queen’s Head pub in Chislehurst, south east London.
‘He wasn’t even screaming. He was just standing there with his arms out at the side,’ witness and nearby diner manager Djan Ali told The Sun. ‘When you’re burning you’d think you’d scream, but he didn’t at all. All he kept saying was ‘I want to die, let me die.”
Witnesses used extinguishers from the pub and Ali’s nearby cafe to put out the flames – with the burned man who’d been described as a ‘human fire ball’ rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was listed in critical condition Monday.
‘His face was completely charred and black. It was so sad to see,’ Ali said.
He’d been drinking and stumbling in the car park:
The tabloid reported, one of the waitresses at the Queens Pub, Michelle Howarth, had dumped Baskett six weeks ago after dating on just four- five weeks.
Baskett confronted her Saturday night because ‘he wanted to get back together with her but she wouldn’t take him back,’ witness, Djan Ali told The Sun.
‘He had been drinking in the pub. When I saw him he was stumbling all over the place. I reckon he was a bit drunk,’ Ali said.
Ali said he saw Baskett ‘pouring the whole can [of gas] over his head’ during the fight with his ex, he said.
‘She was desperately trying to grab the petrol can from him,’ he told the paper. ‘There was petrol all over the ground and they both ended up slipping and falling over. I’m not sure if he used a lighter or a match but seconds later he set himself on fire.’
Patrons from the Queen’s Head pub also raced out to help put out the flames, ripping off Baskett’s burning clothes before an ambulance arrived.
Come Monday, Scotland Yard said that the victim is fighting for his life.