A man suffered serious burns when the vacant house he was staying in on Old Concord Road in northeast Charlotte caught fire early Friday.
A passer-by called 911 shortly past 2 a.m. after spotting the fire at the home in the 6500 block of the road, Charlotte Fire Department officials said.
The first engine reported heavy fire and discovered a man with serious injuries lying on the ground outside the home. Firefighters immediately administered medical care until MEDIC arrived, fire officials said.
Twenty-seven firefighters controlled the blaze in 18 minutes.
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The house sustained significant damage, estimated at $50,000, fire officials said.
Four firefighters with Engine 23 remained at the scene at 7 a.m. to suppress any new flames.
The man was trying to stay warm inside the house when the fire started in the main area, fully engulfing the house, fire officials told Observer news partner WBTV.
The victim was alert when he was taken to Carolinas Medical Center-Main, before being flown to the Burn Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, firefighters told WBTV.
The Charlotte Fire Investigation Task Force is investigating the cause of the fire.