Man burning insects lights woods on fire, dies - WNEM TV 5

Man burning insects lights woods on fire, dies

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CLARE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Authorities said a man trying to burn insects in a wooded area of Clare County has been found dead. 

Clare County Central Dispatch received a 911 call about 4:35 p.m. on Thursday, May 11 about a fire that was out of control in a wooded area near Cornwell and Long Lake in Franklin Township. 

The caller told dispatchers they could see their neighbor, Ethan Carl of Harrison, lying on the ground in the fire, but was unable to get close enough to check on him. 

When deputies and firefighters arrived on scene they found the 77-year-old man dead. The Harrison Fire Department worked along with the DNR Fire Division to quickly contain the fire and extinguish it. 

Investigators were told the man was in the wooded area trying to burn insects. 

The fire reportedly consumed approximately .6 acres. 

The preliminary investigation revealed Carl died from a medical issue.

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