An 21-year-old man was hospitalized in critical condition with burns after a fire at a construction site north of Odessa this morning, Feb. 10.

The blaze, reported shortly after 8 a.m., happened in the Village of Bayberry North near the intersection of North Bayberry Parkway and West Aristotle Avenue, said Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael G. Chionchio.

The Odessa Fire Company responded to the fire.

Investigators from the State Fire Marshal's office were called to the scene and determined the fire began when the man was using an open flame to thaw frozen hose lines on a piece of machinery, Chionchio said. The machine was designed to coat concrete forms with an oil-based substance. The hose broke and the liquid substance sprayed across the open flame and ignited, burning the man.

The man was flown by a Delaware State Police helicopter to the Crozer Medical Center in Upland, Pennsylvania. He sustained second and third degree burns to approximately 40 percent of his body. He is in critical condition, Chionchio said.

Damage to the vehicle carrying the machinery was estimated at $5,000.