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Victim badly burned in overnight GI house fire

Grand Island firefighters put out a fire in the 3000 block of West 17th street Tuesday morning.
Grand Island firefighters put out a fire in the 3000 block of West 17th street Tuesday morning.(Grand Island Fire Department)
Published: May. 11, 2021 at 7:20 AM CDT|Updated: May. 11, 2021 at 3:43 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - A Grand Island man is in critical condition following a house fire early Tuesday morning.

The Grand Island Fire Department said firefighters were called to a home in the 3000 block of west 17th just after 12:30 a.m.

When they arrived on scene, they found a man lying in the front yard of the home with severe burn injuries. The victim was transferred to CHI Health St. Elizabeth in Lincoln for treatment.

Firefighters were able to get the fire under control in about 20 minutes. It caused an estimated $80 thousand in damage.

GIFD said the investigation uncovered careless smoking as the cause of the fire, saying the victim fell asleep with a cigarette in the basement.

Grand Island Fire and Rescue was called out to the same home Sunday afternoon for a burn complaint. GIFD said a man was burning garbage and ended up tossing in an aerosol can that led to an explosion. Crews told the man to put the fire out and he complied.

Local4 has been able to confirm that this is the same man who is now the victim of the overnight house fire. We are choosing not to identify him as emergency officials continue to notify family members.

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