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Andover, Minn. man set on fire by landlord dies

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Anoka County sheriff's officials confirmed Thursday morning a 55-year-old Andover, Minn. man who was set on fire by his landlord has died as a result of his injuries.

On Tuesday night, neighbors reported smoke coming from the home the 29-year-old landlord owns and first responders found Scott David Yorek, his 55-year-old roommate, had been set on fire.

Investigators with the Anoka County Sheriff's Office were called to a home on the 1300 block of 137th Lane NW at about 9:40 p.m. on Tuesday and found Yorek covered in burns. He was taken to the burn unit at the Hennepin County Medical Center and is currently in critical condition with burns to 80 percent of his body.

Earlier Tuesday evening, police responded to a landlord and tenant dispute at the home. At the time, both men had agreed to separate for the evening. Ten hours later, officers would be back at the scene. Neighbors told Fox 9 News Yorek had only been there for about a month and had been known to stay with 29-year-old Adam Lilienthal periodically.

Officials confirmed that when rescuers entered the home, they distinctly smelled some sort of gas or fire accelerant.

Yorek had allegedly been doused in gasoline and purposely set on fire by Lilienthal, his roommate and landlord. According to police, Lilienthal quickly fled after the incident; however, neighbors told investigators that Lilienthal's family owned property up north. Hours later, he was arrested and booked into the St. Louis County Jail after Anoka County issued a statewide law enforcement alert that Lilienthal had access to a cabin. Lilienthal reportedly had minor burns on his face when he was taken into custody.

Neighbors confirmed that police had been called to the home numerous times before, and they explained that Lilienthal frequently takes people in as a way to make money since he inherited the home from his late parents.

Lilienthal has a criminal history that includes drug charges, burglary charges and an assault conviction against his father. Anoka County prosecutors plan to file formal charges on Thursday morning.

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