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Man burned in fire at homeless encampment

November 17, 2021 GMT

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) — A man was critically injured in a fire at a homeless encampment in Georgetown on Monday, fire officials said.

The State Fire Marshal’s office said firefighters called to a vegetation fire in the woods at the end of Douglas Street found a 37-year-old man badly burned and a nearby campsite on fire, The News Journal reported.

The man was taken to the Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Pennsylvania, where he was listed in critical condition. Deputy fire marshals are investigating the cause and origin of the fire, as well as how the victim was burned.

It was the second vegetation fire in the area in a week. The first occurred on Nov. 9. The fire marshal’s office is investigating both, but it’s not known whether they are related, Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio said.