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Dead: Augusta Man Who Set Himself on Fire & Ran Into Woman’s Home


An Augusta man who set himself on fire Friday morning and ran into a home occupied by a woman died overnight at the hospital, according to Coroner Mark Bowen.

ValakosSteven Valakos, 37, had reportedly been involved in a domestic issue with the occupant at 1206 Eisenhower Drive and was not supposed to be living there anymore, sheriff’s Lt. Allan Rollins said.

At 8:07 a.m. Friday, the Richmond County Fire Department joined deputies in responding to a fire alarm call. They soon discovered that Valakos had “set himself on fire and ran into the house,” Lt. Rollins said.

Valakos was rushed to the hospital but died.

WRDW-TV is reporting that the woman was treated for smoke inhalation.

1206 Eisenhower Dr.Lt. Rollins said he was not told by investigators what the relationship of Valakos was to the woman inside, whether it was his wife, ex-girlfriend or what. A Facebook page for Valakos shows him posing several times with the same woman and a photo from June 2015 saying he had been in a relationship with the woman for 10 months.

The Jail Report featured Valakos in a November 2015 issue when he was arrested for criminal trespassing at a different address in Augusta.

VALAKOSThat mugshot is shown here.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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