Salem Man Burned in Fire; Flown to U of L

Salem Man Burned in Fire; Flown to U of L


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.