Man suffers second degree burns in fire

April 10, 2009 4:10:54 AM PDT
Houston firefighters rescued a man from a burning apartment near downtown this morning, but not before the victim suffers second degree burns. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

The fire broke out around 3:45am at a two-story apartment home on West Drew Street near Crocker. When fire crews first arrived on the scene, they couldn't really see a fire until one firefighter spotted flames and smoke coming from a window. Upon entering, they discovered a man injured with the fire concentrated on the downstairs couch.

Fire crews say the middle-aged man suffered second-degree burns.

"More than likely, he was trying to get out of the house because he was basically almost to the front door," said District Chief Arthur Broussard with the Houston Fire Department. "The front door opens directly into the living room and he was on the floor fairly close to the front door. He may have been trying to exit."

The victim also suffered smoke inhalation and has been taken to the hospital.

Firefighters quickly put the fire out. They believe a cigarette may be to blame, but called out an arson team to determine the exact cause of the fire.

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