Man badly injured in Danville fire

DANVILLE — A 61-year-old man who was pulled from his burning home early this morning is still in critical condition, according to Danville Public Safety Director Larry Thomason.

Henry March Jr. was airlifted from Provena United Samaritan Medical Center in Danville to an Indianapolis hospital, Thomason said. March suffered burns to his body and smoke inhalation, he said.

A neighbor noticed flames and smoke on the back side of March's house, at 816 E. Harrison, at 2:29 this morning, and called 911.

When firefighters arrived, Thomason said, another neighbor was trying to kick in the front door. Firefighters went inside, found March and pulled him out through the front door, he said. They also managed to get his dog out of the single-story, vinyl-sided modular home. Thomason said no one else lives at the house.

He said the cause of the fire is undetermined, but investigators have ruled out foul play. He said investigators are still on the scene as well as the state fire marshal's office going through the structure in an effort to determine the cause.

The house suffered heavy damage estimated at $30,000, Thomason said.

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