WARSAW – The owner of a $300,000 Town of Castile home that was destroyed Tuesday by fire caused by the improper use of a propane torch suffered first- and second-degree burns.

Donald J. Palumbo was treated for his injuries, and nine fire companies spent about 4½ hours fighting the fire that destroyed his home at 6914 East Lake Road, Town of Castile, and all its contents.

The fire was reported at 3:41 p.m. One firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion.