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November 19, 2012

Eubank man burned in woods fire


Somerset —

The ban normally goes into effect during the fall months, as dead leaves can fuel even small blazes quickly. 
The Eubank Volunteer Fire Department responded Monday to the scene to contain the blaze. 
Robinson pointed out the death of a Rockcastle County man who sustained burns over 95 percent of his body last week after a debris fire grew out of control. 
64-year-old Robert Childress was found last Wednesday outside his home in Mount Vernon after a Kentucky Division of Forestry fire crew was dispatched to the property to contain a brush fire spotted from the air by a reconnaissance flight, according to media reports.
Childress was apparently was trying to contain the fire, which was classified as a debris burn by the forest service. He later died from his injuries at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. 
“We lost a Rockcastle County man last week, so we want people to know how dangerous this can be,” Robinson said. 
Somerset-Pulaski County EMS also responded to Monday’s incident. 

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