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Man who set Chico performer’s head on fire turns himself in

The TV host who set a Chico magician’s head ablaze in the Dominican Republic late last month turned himself in to police on Monday (Dec. 10), The Associated Press reports.

Franklin Barazarte, who spoke with the CN&R last week (Newslines, “Man on fire,” Dec. 6), said he never intended to set Wayne Houchin on fire. But that’s exactly what happened after Barazarte released flaming cologne known as Agua de Florida atop the 30-year-old performer’s head following an interview on a show called Get Closer to the Cosmos on Nov. 26.

Houchin has since returned to Chico. The Chico Enterprise-Record spoke with the magician, who detailed the incident as well as the treatment he’s received for first- and second-degree burns to parts of his face, neck, head and hand.