Kansas rancher suffers fatal burns in pasture fire

Kansas rancher suffers fatal burns in pasture fire

8 April 2009

published by www.kfsm.com


What was supposed to be a controlled burn of pastureland has taken the life of a rancher in south-central Kansas. A second rancher was injured.

Winfield Fire Chief Curtis Wilson said the two men were burning off a field near Dexter on Wednesday when the flames got out of control.

The men drove away, but the fire overtook their pickup truck.

One of the men was trapped in the truck and suffered burns over most of his body. He was flown to a Wichita hospital and died several hours later.

The other man was treated for less severe burns.

Wilson says more than 40 firefighters from Cowley and Sumner counties battled the blaze. It was among several burns that got out of control Wednesday in south-central Kansas.

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