Man Rescued From Flames At Burning Man Festival Dies In Hospital

04 September, 2017, 02:54 | Author: Benny Bass
  • Here's what Burning Man looks like from up above.   REUTERS  Jim Urquhart

The nine-day event culminates with the burning of a towering 40-foot effigy made of wood. What began as a bonfire honoring "radical self-expression" has turned into a massive week of visible consumption and Silicon Valley tech invasions.

The 41-year-old collapsed among the embers despite the efforts of emergency workers to tackle him as he approached the "Man Burn".

Burning Man organizers said the counter-culture festival attendee ran into the blaze at around 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Organizers said a man broke through a safety perimeter at approximately 10.30pm Saturday evening and ran into a fire.

In a great conflagration, the sacrificial wooden man atop his monumental spacecraft are offered to up the gods.

To get to the fire, the man had to run through a human-chain of security officers.

There have been injuries reported before but Allen said this was the first fatality he was aware of in his 15 years with the county.

A Burning Man spokesman didn't immediately respond when asked for comment.

Somehow one festival-goer managed to dodge multiple lines of security and firefighters to dive into the flames last night.

Prior to the burn, The Man towered over the temporary city for a week.

Medical staff had him airlifted to the University of California, Davis, burn center in Sacramento - the closest to the festival.

The Burning Man festival has been held in Black Rock for the past 26 years, which showcases a quasi-ritualistic celebration of art, individuality and togetherness. The Tohakum 2 fire grew to 88,621 acres on Sunday morning and is 28 percent contained.

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