UPDATE: AN Alstonville man who suffered burns to about 20% of his body was airlifted to a Brisbane hospital overnight.
A Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter spokesman said the 50-year-old man was airlifted from Lismore Base Hospital to the Royal Brisbane Hospital burns unit at about 7.30pm in a stable condition.
ORIGINAL: AN Alstonville man is recovering in Lismore Base Hospital after sustaining burns to about 20% of his body while trying to light a fire late yesterday.
Lismore Detective Inspector Matt Kehoe said emergency services were called to a home in Maple Dr about 4.40pm yesterday after reports a man had been burned in a fire.
Det Insp Kehoe said when emergency services arrived they discovered the 50-year-old man had been trying to fill a bio-fuel burner in a coffee table which had caught alight.
"It appears as though the accelerant he was using to fill the burner has combusted causing severe burns to his face, arms and leg," he said.
A NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said the man was treated at the scene by paramedics before being transported to the Lismore hospital.
Det Insp Kehoe said when the man left the scene in the ambulance he was in a serious but stable condition.