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UPDATE 2: Details "sketchy" in Clio Ave. car fire

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)-- A man is severely burned during a morning car fire, Saturday.

Chattanooga Fire spokesperson Bruce Garner says the blaze happened around 5:30 am at a home on Clio Avenue.

Firefighters arrived at the scene to find a car fully engulfed by flames.

Captain David Barie says as fire crews worked to put out the flames, they spotted 29-year-old Mario Castro Poma across the street who appeared to be suffering from burns.

Poma was taken to Erlanger with second and third degree burns on 30 to 40% of his body.

He was later flown to the burn unit in Augusta, Georgia.

Garner says details are sketchy, but investigators believe the man fell asleep in the car with the engine running over a tall, dry grassy area that might have caught fire due to the hot catalytic converter.

The Major Crimes Division of the Chattanooga Police Department was called to the scene to assist with the investigation.

Poma's condition is unknown at this time.

Stay with WRCBtv.com for updates.


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