An Overland Park man is being treated for critical burns after a fire broke out this morning in his home.
Firefighters were called shortly after 6 a.m. to the house in the 11600 block of Caenen Street and were met at the door by the lone occupant who had suffered obvious burn injuries, according to fire officials.
The fire was contained to an upstairs room and was quickly extinguished by firefighters.
The victim was taken to a hospital where he was being treated for his injuries. Officials believe that a working smoke detector alerted the man to the fire, but he may have attempted to extinguish the fire himself.
Steve Isaacson, EMS chief for the Overland Park Fire Department, said even the smallest fire can cause serious injuries.
"Just get out of the house," he said.
The incident also shows the importance of having working smoke detectors and practicing an escape plan, Isaacson said.
The cause of the fire is still being investigated and damage was estimated at about $15,000.