Officials: Man dies days after being trapped inside burning home in Wilmington

Man critical after fire in Wilmington.

A 49-year-old man has died after firefighters pulled him from a fire that engulfed a home in Wilmington Sunday morning.

Emergency crews arrived to find flames shooting from a two-story apartment building on the 300 block of Mary Street around 2 a.m.

The man was trapped on the first floor, and rescued by firefighters and police officers. He was transported to a local hospital in critical condition with burns to 60 percent of his body and smoke inhalation.

He succumbed to his injuries, and was pronounced dead Tuesday morning.


Officials say a first responder also suffered smoke inhalation injuries, and was taken to a local hospital.

Two other occupants were inside as the fire erupted, but officials say they escaped unharmed.

The cause of the fire is under investigation as damage is estimated at $200,000.