A Davenport man is being treated for severe burns after he doused his wife and himself with gasoline and lit a match two weeks ago, according to court records filed this week.

Firefighters responding to 2621 E. 50th St. for a structure fire at 8:32 a.m. Dec. 5 found Tom Kuan, 59, lying on the floor at the bottom of the stairs, a search warrant filed in Scott County District Court states.

Lyn Kuan, no age available, got out of the home through the garage with severe burns on her body, the search warrant states.

Both were transported to University Hospitals, Iowa City, where they were still being treated Wednesday for severe burns, Davenport Fire Marshal Mike Hayman said.

A hospitals spokesman would not release their conditions Wednesday.

Hayman confirmed the two are married and the details in the search warrant, but declined further comment as the investigation continues.

Arson investigators determined the fire was intentionally set after finding a gas can in an upstairs bedroom, according to the search warrant. They also could smell a strong odor of gasoline inside the bedroom and observed a pour-type burn pattern in the room, the search warrant states.

Further investigation at Genesis Medical Center, East Rusholme Street, Davenport — where the couple was taken first — found that a relative heard from Lyn Kuan who said that Tom Kuan “dumped the gas on both of them,” the search warrant states.

A neighbor approached firefighters at the scene and said Tom Kuan had dug up a section of his backyard two days before, took something out of a container, buried it in the section and took the container back to the house, the search warrant states.

Investigators looked at the back yard and saw that a 3-foot-by-5-foot section of the yard appeared freshly dug up, the search warrant states.

Property records state that he bought the house for $127,500 in 2000.

Willie Owens, who lives next door, said a daughter of the Kuans reported to him earlier Wednesday that the couple was recovering well in Iowa City.

“They’re just healing as normal,” Owens said.

Owens has known them since they moved in, and he described them as “good neighbors.”

“I’ve had no trouble,” he said.

Owens wasn’t home when the fire occurred, he said, adding he has no idea how it started.


A Davenport man doused his wife and himself with gas and lit a match, according to Scott County court records filed this week.

Firefighters responding to 2621 E. 50th St. for a structure fire at 8:32 a.m. Dec. 5 found Tom Kuan laying on the floor at the bottom of the stairs, a search warrant states.

Lyn Kuan got out of the home through the garage with severe burns on her body, the search warrant states.

Both were transported to University Hospitals, Iowa City, where they remain as of Wednesday being treated for severe burns, Davenport Fire Marshal Mike Hayman said.

Hayman confirmed Wednesday the two are married. He also confirmed the accuracy of details in the search warrant and declined further comment as the investigation continues.

Arson investigators have determined the fire was intentionally set after finding a gas can in an upstairs bedroom, according to the search warrant.

They also could smell a strong odor of gasoline inside the bedroom and observed a pour-type burn pattern in the room, the search warrant states.

Further investigation at Genesis Medical Center, East Rusholme Street, Davenport — where the couple was taken first — found that a relative heard from Lyn Kuan who said that Tom Kuan “dumped the gas on both of them,” the search warrant states.

A neighbor approached firefighters who were on scene and said Tom Kuan had dug up a section of his back yard two days before, took something out of a container, buried it in the section and took the container back to the house, the search warrant states.

Investigators looked at the back yard and saw that a 3-foot-by-5-foot section of yard appeared freshly dug up, the search warrant states.

Property records state that Tom Kuan and Hui-Ling Lu bought the house for $127,500 in 2000.

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