Man, 86, dies after catching fire while burning brush

He died after being flown to Regions Hospital in St. Paul.
Author:
Publish date:
helicopter-186718_1280

An elderly man died in western Wisconsin after catching fire while burning brush.

The incident reported at 1:18 p.m. Friday happened at a property in Hale, Trempeleau County, and claimed the life of Richard Morchinek, 86, of Whitehall.

The Trempeleau County Sheriff's Office says that Morchinek had started a brush fire, but the flames spread to his clothes, and then to a nearby barn.

Emergency services arrived and transported Morchinek to Regions Hospital by air ambulance.

He died from his injuries at 11:30 p.m. Friday.

The fire is under investigation, but police believe Morchinek's death to be accidental.

Sign up for our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

Next Up

Related