- Associated Press - Monday, June 16, 2014

BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) - A suburban Portland fire department spokesman says the 911 call was simple: a lighter had exploded in a man’s pocket.

Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue spokesman Stefan Myers says a fire crew found a man with thigh and groin burns believed to have been caused by a cigarette lighter in his front pants pocket.

While the official cause of the burns is still under investigation, Myers says the lighter is believed to have played a role. Myers says the man in his 30s had batteries in the pocket along with the lighter. No one else was involved.

The Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/O8j9py ) the unidentified man was taken from suburban Beaverton to a Portland hospital late Monday afternoon with second- and third-degree burns.

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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