Dalton police said they are not sure why Joshua Pippin caught fire Monday afternoon, but they are looking for two men they believe were with him when it happened.

Pippin, 30, of Dalton, walked several hundred feet in front of the Stay Lodge at 1116 Willowdale Road shortly after he caught fire. He was found by police and fire personnel.

“When he was found on the other end of the street, the fire was out,” said Dalton deputy fire chief Bruce Satterfield.

Pippin has third degree burns to about 90 percent of his body, officials said. He was airlifted to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga where he was in critical condition Monday night.

Dalton police are looking for Jason Fauscett, 29, and Lamar Foster, 26, both of Dalton. Police believe they were with Pippin when he caught fire. Police have not called them suspects but want to question them.

“We’re not really sure what happened,” said Dalton police spokesman Chris McDonald, saying there was no evidence drugs were involved “at this time.”

Satterfield said “ignitable liquids” appeared to be present.

Several residents of the Stay Lodge did not report seeing anything and learned about the fire when someone knocked on their door.

“The units have a sprinkler system and that controlled the fire and put it out,” Satterfield said.

Anyone with information on Fauscett or Foster is asked to contact Detective Chuck Richards with the Dalton Police Department at (706) 278-9085, extension 214.

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