Man suffers burns to 50 percent of his body after house fire

A Town of Reading man is at Upstate Medical Hospital in Syracuse after he suffered burns to 50 percent of his body in an overnight house fire.

Around midnight on Monday, the Watkins Glen Fire Department were dispatched to a structure fire at a residence on State Route 14A, in the Town of Reading.

When they arrived, the home was fully engulfed in flames.

Six different area fire departments responded, as well as the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control, the New York State Police and the Schuyler County Sheriff's Office.

The victim managed to escape the home, and was treated at the scene by the Watkins Glen Fire Rescue squad and the Dundee Fire Department ambulance before being airlifted to the Upstate Medical Center burn unit.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.