Chattanooga Fire Department responded to a house fire on Kemp Drive just after 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. The fire began to spread to the attic before firefighters could get it under control.

Andrew Broomfield, 86, was in the front yard when the first firefighters arrived on the scene. He appeared to be suffering from severe burns to a large portion of his body.

His wife, Arma, tells investigators sheleft home to go to her church and on the way home, stopped to buy some food. When she got home, she saw smoke and flames shooting out of the window.

She says she ran in and saw Andrew on the living room chair. His clothes were on fire. She says she tried to pat them out with her hands, sustaining burns in the process.

When that didn't work she helped him outside. That's when neighbors ran up and carried him away from the house.

Broomfield was flown to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, GA. Officials say he has second and third degree burns on 70 percent of his body. He is in critical condition.

There was substantial damage to the house. Officials estimate the house sustained $40,000 in damages. Chattanooga Fire Department is still investigating the cause of the fire.