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Mount Sterling man critical after fire

A 66-year-old man was seriously injured in a house fire about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday near downtown Mount Sterling.

Major Tony Clayton of Montgomery County Fire/EMS said three trucks and 35 firefighters and paramedics responded to the blaze in a two-story wooden house at 212 North Queen St.

Despite "heavy amounts of smoke," Clayton said they found a boarder, Harvey Caudill, unconscious in an upstairs bedroom at the front of the house.

Caudill was burned on his hands, feet and other parts of his body, Clayton said. He also suffered from smoke inhalation.

Caudill was taken to St. Joseph Hospital in Mount Sterling and was later flown to University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, where he was listed in critical condition.

Clayton said the cause is under investigation, but the fire is thought to have started from "discarded smoking material."

The fire was reported by Caudill's unidentified care-giver, who was downstairs when the fire began, Clayton said.