A 43-YEAR-OLD man has been rushed to the Carlos Haya hospital in Malaga with severe burns after the car in which he slept was set on fire on Sunday morning.
The victim was sleeping inside an abandoned car on unused piece of land surrounded by a wall that, according to neighbours, is used as an area where people take drugs.
The incident occurred at around 7.30 am at the junction between Zamorano Street and Pasaje de Torres, in the Llano de Doña Trinidad area.
According to investigators, the homeless man tried to escape the car after waking to a sudden rush of heat and a strong smell of petrol.
He managed to flee but not without suffering severe burns to his legs and abdomen.
Emergency services received several calls about the incident.
Firefighters managed to smother the flames but the vehicle was left completely burnt out and flames scorched the wall.
Paramedics, Local and National Police were also called to the scene.
Two suspects were seen leaving the scene just after the fire started.
According to neighbours, some type of incident was ‘bound to happen’, whether it be intentional or an accident, as many people would look for shelter inside the car, even starting bonfires around it.
The victim is currently in a stable condition in the ‘burns unit’ of the hospital. His identity is unknown.