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Virginia Homeless Man Set on Fire While Sleeping, Lives to Tell About It

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FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (CBS/WTVR) A homeless man sleeping under the Chatham Bridge in Fredericksburg ,Va. was set on fire Saturday morning, but lived to tell about it.

After receiving a 911 call about 630a.m., emergency officials responded, and said   they found a severely burned man, about a block from the bridge, as well as burned clothing and a still-smoldering blanket.

The man, according to Fredericksburg.com,was later identified as David Mould, 52; he suffered severe burns on his entire left arm and on 25 to 30 percent of his body. He was hospitalized in critical but stable condition as of Monday.

He was first taken to Mary  Washington Hospital, but was later transferred to Virginia Commonwealth University due to the severity of his burns.

As reported by the website, police said Mould repeatedly told them he had been set on fire, but that he didn't know who did it. He didn't recall the circumstances of the attack.

Police are searching for the assailant, and so far no witnesses have been found.

Police are asking that anyone with information about the incident call Det. Mark Purcell at (540) 654-5752.