We have just learnt of the tragic new that a man who jumped into the fire at Burning Man on Saturday night has been announced dead.
Aaron Joel Mitchell, 41, was airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California after being pulled from debris, but he was pronounced dead on Sunday morning.
Reports state the Switzerland-residing US citizen broke through security before running into the fire which burns a 50 foot wooden statue of a man.
Medical staff claim Mitchell was not under the influence of alcohol and a toxicology report is currently pending.
CNN notes it was difficult investigators to find out more information on the incident due to the amount of people leaving the desert festival on Sunday night.
Burning Man’s website says that participants and staff have been provided with emotional support and has called for togetherness.
The post reads: “Now is a time for closeness, contact and community. Trauma needs processing. Promote calls, hugs, self-care, check-ins, and sleep. We have found this article helpful for understanding how trauma affects us: “A New Normal: Ten Things I’ve Learned About Trauma”.
On Saturday evening around 10:30PM, an attendee of Burning Man slipped through safety perimeters and leapt into a fire.
According to an official statement on Burning Man’s website, the male attendee was chased and rescued by Black Rock City fire personnel, treated on-site and was later airlifted to a nearby burn treatment center at the University of California – Davis, where he later died. The man has been identified as Aaron Joel Mitchell, a 41-year old man who resided in Switzerland with his wife.
The fire he ran into was the centerpiece of the event, a 50-foot wooden statue in the shape of a man that is burned every year at the end of the week.
Toxicology reports are pending, but according to authorities, Mitchell was not drunk.
A graphic photo of the incident is below. Viewer discretion advised.