Man flown to hospital after flash fire from oxygen tank

Victim was smoking outside home, officials say

SPRING TWP., Pa. - A Berks County man had to be flown to the hospital for treatment of burns Friday afternoon.

The man was smoking while using an oxygen tank outside his home in the 3100 block of Grandview Boulevard in Spring Township around 2:45 p.m., when a flash fire erupted, officials said.

The victim was transported to Owl's Field, where he was loaded onto a helicopter and flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital near Allentown.

Officials had no information about the extent of the man's burns. They said his home was not damaged by the fire.

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