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Man pours fuel over himself in Irish Tesco store

By Jane O'Faherty

Published 08/02/2016

Shoppers and staff were left terrified when a man entered a shop in the Republic, doused himself in fuel and threatened to set himself on fire
Shoppers and staff were left terrified when a man entered a shop in the Republic, doused himself in fuel and threatened to set himself on fire

Shoppers and staff were left terrified when a man entered a shop in the Republic, doused himself in fuel and threatened to set himself on fire.

Fire crews, an unmarked Garda car and paramedics hurried to the scene at Tesco in Rush, Co Dublin, as the drama unfolded just after 1pm on Saturday.

One eyewitness said the man - a non-Irish national in his 40s - appeared to be calm before he approached the deli counter, where he began to pour fuel over himself and on the floor.

A shop worker ran for the security guard, who bravely attempted to reason with the man and convince him to go outside to talk.

The security guard then rugby tackled the man out of a fire exit, where a firelighter and matches were taken off him.

"We could hear a staff member calling all managers to the deli - then staff were running for fire extinguishers," she said. "Then she was asking customers to evacuate the shop."

The man was later taken to Beaumont Hospital, where he was expected to be assessed by mental health specialists.

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