House fire burns elderly man

December 26, 2008 5:54:55 PM PST
An elderly man was burned in a fire that nearly gutted his home in Hayward.

The fire on Odom Drive broke out on Friday morning.

Neighbors woke to screaming and breaking glass as the 72-year-old man inside struggled to escape the flames.

His shoulders were burned, but he is expected to be okay. Investigators say a lit cigarette caused the fire.

The house was badly damaged.