78-year-old man dies after brush fire spreads

78-year-old man dies after brush fire spreads

15 September 2010

published by www.ketknbc.com

USA —  Bill Franklin Smith, a 78-year-old from Nacogdoches County, died after an apparent brush fire spread across his yard and to his home.

Nacogdoches County She­riff’s Department officers re­spon­ded to a 911 report of a structure fire at a house on County Road 282 When they arrived, they discovered Smith’s body on the ground with a rake in his hand.

Family members said Smith rou­tinely burned brush on his pro­perty, according to a news re­lease from the sheriff’s office.

The dry conditions may have contributed to the fire’s spread and it seemed as if Smith attempted to put the fire out, according to the release.

The investigation into Smith’s cause of death is ongoing because it is unclear whe­ther he died from the smoke or from a possible heart attack.

The case will remain open until an autopsy is performed.

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