As the Canadian Press reports, an inebriated 51-year-old man fell asleep while smoking in a grassy area behind his home.
RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned told the news agency that the flames searing through his clothing eventually woke the man up.
For reasons that will make sense by the end of this story, Learned said the man jumped on a bicycle and fled the scene instead of calling the authorities.
So when police responded to a call about a pedestrian hit by a train along a section of CP track, it's doubtful they imagined they'd also find the "man running from the scene of a suspicious fire" they'd already been looking for earlier.
The suspect is currently recovering in hospital from serious burns and a head wound received from his abrupt introduction to the country's railway system.
This happened literally in my back yard.