Man on fire runs to Phoenix fast-food restaurant for help

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PHOENIX -- A man is in critical condition after he was fully engulfed in flames at a Phoenix shopping center Thursday night, according to police.

Lindsay Riedlinger, a manager at the Arby's near 35th and Glendale avenues, said customers in the drive-thru came into the restaurant screaming that a man was on fire. She grabbed a fire extinguisher and put out the flames.

"He was just standing there," Riedlinger said. "He wasn't screaming, he wasn't yelling or anything. He just looked like in complete shock."

The man then walked into the nearby Taco Bell and asked for water. Witnesses said he was still smoldering.

"I was surprised that he had went into the Taco Bell," Riedlinger said. "I went in after him as well and the place started getting really smoky real fast. There were kids and families in there and they were evacuated immediately."

The man was taken to the Arizona Burn Center at Maricopa Medical Center. He reportedly has second- and third-degree burns over 90 percent of his body.

Police are trying to determine how the man was set on fire. They said they do not believe anyone was with him at the time he caught fire.

His name has not been released.