Lufkin burn victim dies after being airlifted to Houston

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A 72-year-old Lufkin man died late Monday after as a result of burns he received in a house fire at a residence in the 100 block of Lubbock Street. He succumbed to his injuries after he was airlifted to a Houston hospital.

According to witnesses at the scene, Johnny King 's granddaughter was in the home with him when the fire started at approximately 9 a.m. Monday.

King's granddaughter said the smoke was too heavy in the living room to get to her grandfather's room where the fire was, so she went outside and stopped some men on the road to help her break the window to his room. She and the passersby were able to get him out through the window.

The elderly man was immediately airlifted to a Houston hospital for treatment.

Lufkin firefighters were on the scene a short time after the fire was reported. Within about 15 minutes, the fire crews had the blaze fully contained.

The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation. However, Battalion Chief Steve McCool of the Lufkin Fire Department said preliminary reports indicate that the fire was unintentional and electrical in nature due to a malfunctioning electrical outlet.

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