Elkins man treated for severe burns

ELKINS – An Elkins man is currently recovering from severe burns, and the State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating how and why he caught fire, officials said.

Assistant State Fire Marshal Josh Amos told The Inter-Mountain Monday that a man, whose name has not yet been released by authorities, caught on fire at an apartment complex next to Central Towers on Second Street in Elkins.

The call came in around 5:12 p.m. Friday evening and Elkins Fire Department, Elkins City Police, State Police and the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call, Amos said. The man was transported to Davis Medical Center and then eventually to West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh.

Amos said the man is suffering from severe burns to internal organs, including his lungs and throat.

A woman was also taken from the scene of the incident Friday evening to be treated for injuries at Davis Medical Center, an EFD representative said. Her name had not been released at presstime, either.

The investigation into how the incident occurred is on-going, Amos said. If anyone has any information regarding the incident, they are encouraged to contact the West Virginia state Fire Marshal’s hotline at 1-800-233-FIRE.