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Man who set himself on fire faces charges

COVINGTON — The man who reportedly set himself on fire Tuesday afternoon in the Kroger on U.S. Highway 278 has been identified by police as Timothy Singleton, 26, of Monroe.

Covington Police Capt. Ken Malcom said Singleton will be charged with aggravated assault after he doused himself with rubbing alcohol and then set himself on fire. Other charges may be pending, Malcom said.

Singleton suffered second-degree burns in the incident and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

A female customer who was in the store at the time was taken to the emergency room because she was doused with alcohol but was otherwise unharmed, according to police.

Police have not released a motive in the incident.

The Kroger was evacuated shortly after 4:30 p.m. Tuesday due to the incident.

According to Tony Smith, deputy fire chief with the Covington Fire Department, officers with the Covington Police Department were called to the grocery store because a man was seen taking rubbing alcohol off the shelves and pouring it on the floor throughout the store.

“When the police approached the man, he doused himself in the alcohol and before they could get to him, the man lit himself on fire with a lighter he had,” Smith said.

Police were able to extinguish the fire quickly, and the store was evacuated, he said.