Florida man dies after trash fire escapes

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Man dies after trash fire escapes

From the Orlando Sentinel:

A man burning trash in east Orange County lost control of the fire and was consumed by flames as he tried to battle the blaze, deputies said.

Deputies received calls about 1:25 p.m. Tuesday indicating a home on Hancock Lane in the Waterford Lakes area of east Orange County was on fire and a man was inside.

Fire crews were dispatched and fought back a brush fire threatening several homes, fire officials said.

Fire Rescue spokesman John Mullhall said one team of firefighters attacked the blaze from Magnolia Creek Circle, while another was working on nearby Thanhall Way. Crews reported the fire was brought under control in less than an hour from when they arrived on scene.

Witnesses told investigators an elderly man, whose name was not released Tuesday evening, was trying to burn trash at the home on Hancock Lane when “the fire got away from him,” a sheriff’s spokesman said.

As he tried to put out the fire, “the male victim was overwhelmed by the flames and died,” spokesman Jeff Williamson said.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.