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Man, 86, dies after catching fire while burning brush

He died after being flown to Regions Hospital in St. Paul.
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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.

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