SALISBURY, Md. (WBOC/AP)- State fire officials say a man was critically injured in a fire at a Salisbury home.

The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office the fire broke out at shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday inside a home at 322 Cherry Way. The homeowner, who was visiting a neighbor, rushed home but heavy smoke and flames kept him from getting in to reach the victim, identified as 76-year-old Gordon Hitchcock. The homeowner was Hitchcock's caretaker, according to investigators.

Firefighters were able to reach Hitchcock, who was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in critical condition. He was later flown to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center's burn center in Baltimore for treatment of smoke inhalation and severe burn injuries to the upper torso and face.

Officials said smoke alarms were found inside the home but it has not been determined if they were operating at the time of the fire.

Investigators say the fire originated in the living room of the home and the cause remains under investigation.


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