Man treated at burn center for injuries from Putnam blaze

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PUTNAM, Conn. (AP) — Fire officials say a man suffered severe burns on more than 50 percent of his body in a blaze that ripped through a multi-family home in Putnam.

Firefighters encountered heavy flames at the Park Street home, which was built in 1881, upon their arrival around 1:50 a.m. Tuesday.

The Norwich Bulletin reports that Wayne Correa was treated at the Rhode Island Burn Center after being pulled from the two-story structure by a fellow tenant. His current status is unknown.

Fire Marshal Norm Perron says the fire doesn't appear to have been intentional. The blaze started on the first floor, where Correa lives, toward the back of the building. Perron believes a smoking apparatus was involved.

Officials say six to eight people were living at the residence, which was destroyed.

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