USA — A Marion County man was found dead when high winds caused a fire to grow out of control on his property outside Ocala, officials said.
Officials identified the victim as Warren Wimberly, 66, the owner of the home at 12825 W. Highway 326, about 15 miles northwest of Ocala. Marion County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Miranda Iglesias said there were burns on Wimberly’s body but they do not know what caused his death.
Officials said the man had a permit from the state Division of Forestry to burn the land for “agricultural” purposes, Iglesias said. The burn quickly turned into a raging fire and scorched three to five acres, she said.
Fire crews arrived on scene last week and found the man’s body in the field.
Iglesias said the victim and his wife, who was not hurt, were the only people monitoring the burn. The State Fire Marshal’s Office was called in to investigate.