Homestead Man Nearly Burnt to Death After Someone Set the Truck He Was Sleeping in on Fire

Categories: Road Rage

You're always at your most vulnerable when you're asleep. You never know who is going to come along and try to set you one fire.

Jose Gonzales, 52, of Homestead, was taking a siesta in his truck while it was parked outside the Dog House bar in Marathon Key last night. This wasn't any truck either, it had a generator and a tank full of diesel fuel.

Apparently while Gonzales was napping someone came along and tipped over a container of gasoline on the truck and then lit it on fire. According to NBC Miami, at about 3:43 a.m. a person inside of the bar called Monroe County deputies to report that the truck was on fire.

When they responded they found Gonzales who had been badly burned in the flame. He was airlifted in critical condition to Miami Ryder Trauma Center.

Several explosions also occurred as the truck burned.

Keys cops are currently searching for 28-year-old Stuart James Collins, who they believe set the fire.

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