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Man severely burned after house fire in Alexandria

ALEXANDRIA, Ky. (Brad Underwood) -- A man was flown to the hospital after escaping from a burning home in Alexandria Sunday.

Crews were called to Dale Trapp's home just off of Alexandria Pike shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday. That's where they found the house burning and a significant amount of ammunition inside the home exploding, sending rounds out of the home in different directions. The ammunition made it much harder to put out the fire.

The home is right behind the Green Acres bar. People nearby rushed to help Trapp escape his house. Witnesses say he was asleep in his home.

Melody Pelle was at Green Acres when she said she thought Trapp was setting off fireworks. After going outside to check, she quickly realized it was all the ammo inside of the burning house.

"All the sudden the ammo is going off, people are hitting the ground. I don't know how far ammo can go, but there was probably a thousand rounds in there," says Pelle.

Trapp was taken by ambulance to the Campbell County Fire Station where he was taken by Air Care to the UC Medical Center.

Captain Joe Strange of the Campbell County Fire Department says the man had severe burns on his entire body. It's estimated that 40 to 50 percent of his body is burned. Witnesses who helped him to safety say Trapp's skin was peeling off.

Investigators say the cause of the fire was electrical and has been ruled an accident.

It's not known if there were any working smoke detectors inside the home.

Trapp's condition is not known at this time.

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