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Dowagiac — Authorities say a 46-year-old man accidentally set himself on fire while trying to exterminate bees in an underground hive in southwestern Michigan.

The Cass County sheriff’s department says a neighbor was able to put out the fire by the time authorities arrived Wednesday at the injured man’s home in the Dowagiac area.

The man was airlifted to a hospital in Kalamazoo for treatment. Details about his condition weren’t immediately released.

The accident is under investigation.

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