Police: Lancaster van fire either tra...

Police: Lancaster van fire either tragic accident or suicide at...

There are 16 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Sep 10, 2009, titled Police: Lancaster van fire either tragic accident or suicide at.... In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Lancaster police are investigating a van fire at a gas station that left a man critically injured late Wednesday night as either a tragic accident or a self-immolation. "Nobody did it to him.

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Grove City

Grove City, OH

#1 Sep 10, 2009
Whoa! Must have really wanted to die.
GAR--142

Columbus, OH

#2 Sep 10, 2009
They're having a hard time figuring this one out?!!!!!!!! ACCIDENTAL OR INTENTIONAL??????
Tim

Delaware, OH

#3 Sep 10, 2009
Its sad that morons like this want to take innocent bystanders with them. If you are trying to kill yourself, why not just go in to a room, shut the door and blow your brains out by yourself? Idiot. He wont get sympathy from me. He could have hurt others.
Mike

United States

#4 Sep 10, 2009
Im not real sure what people think these days.He was obviously disturbed.Prayers to his family.
Lisa

Zanesville, OH

#5 Sep 11, 2009
The only morons are the ones who are not sympathetic. I knew this man personally and I for one think that the world has lost a wonderful man. People shouldn't talk about what they don't know. My prayers are with this family at this time. Only God Can Judge remember that!!!!
karyl

Chillicothe, OH

#6 Sep 11, 2009
It's a terrible thing to say, but at least Mr. Cordle didn't take a gun home and blow his whole family away. What kind of world do we live in when this act becomes admirable -- so many men go after schools, restaurants, families and THEN kill themselves.
Lisa

Defiance, OH

#7 Sep 11, 2009
My prayers are with his family, he must have been in a really bad place in his life to have done something so harsh to himself. :*(
Jojo

Columbus, OH

#8 Sep 11, 2009
Tim, you are an idiot! You are not God and have no right to judge. Nobody really knows what happened. I know someone who witnessed the whole thing and they are not really sure what happened. So, unless you are directly affilliated with God and he has appointed you to make judgement's for him...KEEP YOUR CRUEL COMMENT'S TO YOURSELF! What if you made a grave mistake and people wrongly judged you?....oh..wait...YOU are probably perfect.
This man was my mom's best friend's son and he was a fine man. My prayer's are with all his family & friend's.
The Dead Milkmen

Grove City, OH

#9 Sep 11, 2009
You know that it would be untrue
You know that I would be a liar
If I were to say to you
I didn't set your house on fire
But it's just the way I am
You'll have to take it for a fact
Life can really burn you up
When you're a pyromaniac

If you love somebody
Better set them on fire

I went to your house last night
Your dad called me the human torch
Got a little pissed at him
so I burned down your front porch
Now I feel a little bad
About pouring gas on your dad
But you know it's hard to quit
And besides he started it

CHORUS

I just bought a brand new lighter
And I cannot wait to use it
Oily rags are special things
You know to me they're diamond rings
Maybe we can have some fun
Maybe we can burn someone

CHORUS
ANONYMOUS

Zanesville, OH

#10 Sep 11, 2009
Russell was a great man no one should judge him you don't know what that man was thinking or what he went through in life. And wether or not you wouldn't ever do something that extreme or even kill yourself doesn't matter. What matters is that this man has a little girl he left behind and a loving family that I personally knew and with all his problems in life Russell would be one of the first men to sit down and try to help another and figure out their problems and kept his all a secret I would have never thought in a million years he'd do this. He seemed like he had it all together well together enough this was unexpected by all yeah in the end times were hard for him very hard but to go this far was beyond anyone. People that judge this man and talk bad of him makes you no better than the person you're try to bad mouth. Your thoughts about him are irrelavant. Out of all the things you said was you called a dead man an idiot whom that you have not a clue of who he was or what he went through. When really all you should be doing is praying for this man's soul to be sent to heaven because he has now passed away and it's obvious he wasn't in the right state of mind. And for you to say he was selfish further lets me know you're the idiot because trust me if you knew him you'd know he'd never hurt a fly. there is a little girl who is as precious as can be who loved him soooo very much that has just had her whole world flipped upside down. Think about that instead PRAY FOR HER AND HIS FAMILY. Where are all the good people in this world. Because I promise anyone who is reading this Russell Cordle was a GOOD MAN and it's a shame if you didn't get a chance to know him personally you really missed out. That man help save my marriage layed his hands on my husbands and my own shoulders and prayed to God with us to make us stronger. We spent nights crying and talking and he was always there never asking for anything in return. R.I.P. Russell you are dearly missed and loved and will forever live on. May God be with you!!!
Grove City

Grove City, OH

#11 Sep 11, 2009
ANONYMOUS wrote:
Russell was a great man no one should judge him you don't know what that man was thinking or what he went through in life. And wether or not you wouldn't ever do something that extreme or even kill yourself doesn't matter. What matters is that this man has a little girl he left behind and a loving family that I personally knew and with all his problems in life Russell would be one of the first men to sit down and try to help another and figure out their problems and kept his all a secret I would have never thought in a million years he'd do this. He seemed like he had it all together well together enough this was unexpected by all yeah in the end times were hard for him very hard but to go this far was beyond anyone. People that judge this man and talk bad of him makes you no better than the person you're try to bad mouth. Your thoughts about him are irrelavant. Out of all the things you said was you called a dead man an idiot whom that you have not a clue of who he was or what he went through. When really all you should be doing is praying for this man's soul to be sent to heaven because he has now passed away and it's obvious he wasn't in the right state of mind. And for you to say he was selfish further lets me know you're the idiot because trust me if you knew him you'd know he'd never hurt a fly. there is a little girl who is as precious as can be who loved him soooo very much that has just had her whole world flipped upside down. Think about that instead PRAY FOR HER AND HIS FAMILY. Where are all the good people in this world. Because I promise anyone who is reading this Russell Cordle was a GOOD MAN and it's a shame if you didn't get a chance to know him personally you really missed out. That man help save my marriage layed his hands on my husbands and my own shoulders and prayed to God with us to make us stronger. We spent nights crying and talking and he was always there never asking for anything in return. R.I.P. Russell you are dearly missed and loved and will forever live on. May God be with you!!!
Isn't killing oneself a sin according to the Bible? I hope you are right a d this one thing will be overlooked when tim is ultimately judged by god himself. it's not for me to do that. Just wanted to ask that question.
Tim

Delaware, OH

#12 Sep 12, 2009
Hurting yourself is one thing. Potentially hurting others is another. If he was by himself, I might have a different attitude but he could have hurt innocent bystanders not to mention cost someone their business.
Phoenix

Baton Rouge, LA

#13 Sep 14, 2009
I hear a lot about the dude who torched himself but have not seen a single comment about the heroic actions of the fire department and the employees at the store who had the mental where with all to kill the gas pumps.

This dude is dead and gone - however for those who are still alive I am personally grateful for the FD, the employees of the store and the efforts of the burn unit.

All of this Bible and God talk ought to be centered on the thankfulness of those three groups rather than the simple minded bickering I see here.

Without thankfulness you are hard pressed to call yourselves Bible believers or even Christians. Perhaps Jeremiah Wrights church is more suited to that mentality.
unknown

Minneapolis, MN

#14 Sep 17, 2009
Does anyone think that his restaint order that his wife charged him with resulted in this. obvious he killed himself, just wonder if that one charge did it to him
Grove City

Grove City, OH

#16 Sep 29, 2009
Janelle wrote:
<quoted text> damn, u soun like u daone who sethimon fire tho...w gone find out th trut..don't forget his wife was blck, and i ada wifescousin. we syill in lNCASTER AND WONT LEAVE UNTL WE FINDOUT..RUSSEL WAS DA **** AND A REAT MAN..U MUST OF HAD SOMTHIN T D WITH TIS..U GONNAB A FOR REAL DEAD MILKMEN FOR REAL...
First of all, learn the english language not ebonics. If you wnt to slam on the guy for what he was saying make sure it can be understood. Can't understand ghetto talk.
Mandi

Columbus, OH

#17 Oct 8, 2009
Lisa wrote:
The only morons are the ones who are not sympathetic. I knew this man personally and I for one think that the world has lost a wonderful man. People shouldn't talk about what they don't know. My prayers are with this family at this time. Only God Can Judge remember that!!!!
Do you think you could e-mail me personally and tell me about him? I was one of the witnesses that night st the gas station. My boyfriend saw the van go up in flames, tried to open the doors bu they were locked, and when he saw the pump in the window he ran inside and told the attendant to shut the pumps off. I was the one who called 911 at that point and we didn't think anyone was inside the van because my boyfriend couldn't see him since he was laying on the floor. My boyfrined feels guilty eventhough he burned his hand trying to get inside the van and singed his arm hair off from the fire. I keep telling him he did everything he could and Mr. Cordle obviously locked himself inside and layed down so that no one could get him, but I would like to know a little about him as a person since it still haunts me. When you witness something like that, it helps to know about that person I think. I'm very sad about what happened and although it makes me angry that he chose to do this at the gas station and my boyfriend could have been seriously hurt (if not killed) by his actions, I still feel for him deeply and understand he must have been in a lot of pain to do something so drastic. Anyway, I would be very grateful. My e-mail address is [email protected] m. Thank you.

Amanda Barker

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