Parkersburg man dies of burns sustained in accident

PARKERSBURG – A Parkersburg man died Saturday of burn injuries he received the night before in an accident in south Parkersburg.

Brian Neal Lockhart, 41, of Parkersburg, died Saturday night after receiving burns to 85 percent of his body, said Sgt. Greg Collins with the Parkersburg Police Department.

Lockhart had been in critical condition in the Cabell-Huntington Hospital Burn Unit at the time of his death. Collins said he received notification that Lockhart had succumbed to his injuries from the Cabell County Coroner’s Office on Saturday evening.

The incident occurred about 11 p.m. Friday when units were called to 1403 Ridgeway Ave. in south Parkersburg to a report of a man on fire.

Officers learned that Lockhart and several other subjects had been sitting around a fire with a gasoline can nearby. Lockhart reportedly noticed the gas can was swelling from the heat and attempted to move it. While moving it, the can exploded catching Lockhart on fire. He attempted to extinguish the fire by rolling on the ground, eventually rolling down a hill into a heavily wooded area.

Rescuers were able to extinguish the fire after reaching him. First responders used a long rope and backboard to stabilize Lockhart and pull him back up the hill, Collins said.

Lockhart was transported to Erickson All-Sports Facility and flown by emergency medical helicopter to Cabell-Huntington.

Alcohol appears to be a factor in the accident, Collins said.