A 79-year-old Spencer man is being treated for severe burns following a Tuesday afternoon fire.
Verle Gustoff was engulfed in flames as a result of the incident at 2580 390th Street south of Spencer, according to Clay County Sheriff Randy Krukow.
"The flames extinguished and Gustoff was able to call family members, who responded and transported him to Spencer Municipal Hospital for treatment," Krukow said.
Gustoff was later life-flighted to the Nebraska Medical Burn Unit in Omaha.
At about 6:20 p.m., the Clay County Communications Center was first advised that an individual had possibly suffered severe burns and was being treated at the Spencer facility. When hospital personnel confirmed the injuries, an investigation was initiated.
"At this time, it appears the injuries were self-inflicted, but no additional information is available," Krukow said. "The Iowa State Fire Marshall's Office has been notified and the investigation is continuing."
Krukow's office was assisted by the Spencer Police Department and Dickens Fire Department.