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Man rescued from combine after lines fall

September 26, 2010

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. -- Firefighters on Sunday rescued a man who was inside a combine harvester in a field off Job Corps Road when live power lines fell.

The man was using the vehicle in the field around 12:45 p.m. when it caught on either a cable or phone line, which yanked on the power lines and pulled them onto the combine, Friendship Fire Co. Chief Steve Wilt said.

Sparks from the power lines started a fire in the half-acre cornfield adjacent to the fall Mountain Heritage Arts & Crafts Festival at Sam Michael's Park, Wilt said.

Firefighters cautiously pulled the man, who was not injured, from the combine, Wilt said.

"He was removed from the combine without touching the metal," he said.

The farmer was safely out of the vehicle before Allegheny Power arrived to shut off electricity, Wilt said.

Firefighters extinguished the field fire in 30 minutes, he said.

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Firefighters responded from Bakerton, Shepherdstown, Independent and Citizens fire departments in West Virginia, and Neersville Fire & Rescue in Virginia.

The incident at 1785 Job Corps Road did not disrupt the festival, Wilt said.

--Jennifer Fitch

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