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Man set on fire during argument at Florida gas station

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office

Tampa, FL– A man was left in critical condition after another man he was arguing with poured gasoline on him and set him on fire. 

The incident occurred around 4:00 p.m. at the Mobile gas station on North 22nd Street on Monday. 

Authorities say following the argument the suspect, 34-year-old Earl Hargrove, then went into the gas station and purchased a small amount of gas. 

Officials say Hargrove dumped the gas on the victim and then lit him on fire. 

The victim was taken to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. 

Hargrove was arrested and is facing charges of Aggravated Batter Great Bodily Harm and Attempted Murder in the First Degree. 

“A verbal argument should never escalate to this level of violence,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “This suspect’s behavior is not only deplorable but will never be tolerated in our community. The suspect, in this case, is currently behind bars while we wait in anticipation for justice to be served.”

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who believes they have specifics about the case, to contact them at 813-247-8200.