Grass fires claim two lives

Grass fires claim two lives

09 April 2014

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USA — Fire officials are warning homeowners to be careful if they plan to burn brush. Conditions are ripe for grassfires.

A grassfire is being blamed for the death of a 93-year-old Battle Creek man.

He was burning brush at his property at Minges and Sonoma Roads when a grass fire ignited the oil and gasoline in his lawn tractor Wednesday afternoon.

A neighbor heard an explosion, looked out and saw smoke and found the victim lying dead next to the tractor.

The fire also spread to a storage shed in a neighbor’s yard and had to be extinguished.

He was the second west Michigan man to die this week when a brush fire spread to his clothing. 70-year-old Roger Kludy of Hart suffered severe burns on Monday and subsequently died.

A grassfire in the 50-thousand block of County Road 653 near Paw Paw is being blamed for destroying three out-buildings and threatening a home Wednesday.

The early afternoon fire, fanned by windy conditions, burned a number of acres before firefighters were able to bring it under control.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has identified a number of areas in west Michigan as high risk for wild fires.

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