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Man burns on utility pole, killed while trying to steal electricity

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (myFOXDetroit.com) -

It was a gruesome scene at St. Martin's and Sunderland on Detroit's west side - a man on fire was caught dangling from a utility pole.

Neighbors spotted the man climbing up the pole around midnight. They shouted to him, asking him what he was doing. They say he didn't answer and shortly after that is when he caught on fire.  

The 52-year-old man was allegedly trying to steal electricity for a squatter staying at a nearby home. He was killed in the process and we're told part of the utility pole did have to be removed to retrieve the body.

Detroit police have not confirmed whether anyone is in custody in connection with this case.

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