HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Fire officials say an 86-year-old man has been injured in a house fire in Hagerstown.
Delbert Summerville was listed in critical condition at Meritus Medical Center after Tuesday’s fire.
Firefighters found Summerville in cardiac arrest near a basement door. He suffered from smoke inhalation and first- and second-degree burns.
Officials say Summerville and his wife saw smoke coming from the basement and he tried to find the cause of the fire. His wife went to a neighbor’s house to call 911.
Authorities say about half of the basement and half of the first floor of the house were destroyed. Damage was estimated at $40,000.
Officials say the fire started in a workshop area of the basement.
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