A man was found severely burned behind a business in a suburban strip mall Friday, police said.

Oswego police said officers responding to a call of a body in a snowbank Friday morning found a man in the 2500 block of Route 34 who “appeared to have been severely burned.”

“The man had severe burns over much of his body and face,” police said in a release. 

The man was taken to an area hospital with critical injuries and later airlifted to another hospital where his condition was unknown. Details on what might have happened to him remained unclear.

A gas can and remnants of an igniter were found near the man, who police identified as a 53-year old Oswego resident. The man‘s name was not immediately released but authorities said a preliminary investigation does not indicate foul play or that the incident was accidental in nature. 

“It is believed to be an isolated event and does not present a safety issue to the public,” police said. 

An investigation into the incident remained ongoing Friday afternoon, authorities said. 

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