Fire medicine

This is not new news, nor is it relevant in the sense of being anything anyone needs to worry about, but it certainly is curious:

Seattle police launched an investigation on Friday to determine how a patient undergoing emergency heart surgery caught on fire at a local hospital in 2003.

The male patient, who was not identified, went up in flames after alcohol poured on his skin was ignited by a surgical instrument.

(Reuters: “Man Catches Fire During Surgery.” [April 18, 2005]; the original Reuters link is no longer available, though you can find postings of the article by searching for it.)