BUXTON – A Buxton man died early Thursday morning from burns sustained while he burned grass near his home Wednesday, according to Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Frank Hebert, 85, of 62 River Road, Buxton, died at Maine Medical Center in Portland, McCausland said.

McCausland said Hebert was burning grass near his home on Wednesday when the fire got out of control. Firefighters managed to put out the flames, but not before Hebert suffered burns over 70 percent of his body, McCausland said. One firefighter, Jeremy Redlon, 38, suffered cuts and burns to his hands. In all, the fire burned about a half acre, McCausland said.

McCausland said neighbors told authorities that Hebert usually burned grass once a year in the spring.

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