Man set on fire in yard remains hospitalized

Jimmy Gallegos Carlsbad man set on fire in his yard

CARSLBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – A Carlsbad man who was set on fire while he was out watering his lawn continues to recover at a Lubbock hospital.

Police say two men approached 42-year-old Jimmy Gallegos Monday night and asked for a drink from the hose.

When Gallegos bent over that’s when the men threw gasoline on him and then lit a cigarette, setting him on fire.

Gallegos’ family says he is being treated for severe burns and they’re not sure when he’ll be able to come home.

The only description police have released of the suspects they are white men who were on bicycles. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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