An incident involving a local Ventura homeless man found ablaze on a Ventura beach two weeks ago has taken another turn, with the Ventura Police Department saying that no trace of accelerants, including lighter fluid, were found.
The case drew national attention when it was learned that the man, John Frazier, had told police that three young people had doused him with lighter fluid and set him on fire in the early morning hours of Saturday, Jan. 17. Frazier was taken to the LA USC Medical Center’s burn ward where he has remained since.
Frazier had been unable to talk since the incident, in an induced coma for his recovery, after suffering third-degree burns over 40 percent of his body. As of Tuesday afternoon, police were waiting to talk with Frazier, who was expected to be able to talk on Wednesday.
Ventura Police Sgt. Ryan Weeks says that they "know it didn’t happen" the way that Frazier said it did.
The story will be updated when further information emerges.