Wednesday afternoon a 69-year-old Salem man was flown to a Louisville hospital after receiving burns over much of his body after trying to start a brush fire.
At 4:33p Wednesday, Feb. 9, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Washington County EMS and Salem Fire Department, were dispatched to 5438 West State Road 56 where a man was reportedly on fire.
According to Reserve Deputy Aaron Dennis and Deputy Tory Hildreth, Phillip Lofton, 59, Salem, was on his property attempting to burn a brush pile.
Police said Lofton threw old gasoline onto the brush fire, which blew up on his face, chest and abdomen.
Lofton was transported by Air Methods Kentucky 7 to the University of Louisville Hospital for possible life-threatening injuries.
The sheriff’s department did not provide an update on Lofton’s condition.