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Man flown to burn center after trailer goes up in flames

Hagerstown mowing business employee was conscious and authorities were able to talk to him

July 17, 2013|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Hagerstown Fire Department's Shawn Wieczorek hoses off the remains of a trailer and lawn care equipment that burned Wednesday on Sweeney Drive. A 37-year-old man was flown to The Johns Hopkins Burn Center in Baltimore Wednesday afternoon after he suffered burns.
By Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — A 37-year-old man was flown to The Johns Hopkins Burn Center in Baltimore Wednesday afternoon after he suffered burns when a trailer containing mowing equipment went up in flames on Sweeney Drive, according to a Hagerstown fire official.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, the man was inside a business, where people were trying to help him, Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven said.

The man was conscious, and authorities were able to talk to him, DeHaven said.

After a medic evaluated his injuries, a decision was made to fly him to the burn center, DeHaven said.

Although DeHaven said he did not know the severity of the man’s burns, he said the injuries appeared to be nonlife-threatening.

He declined to identify the man, who is an employee of a Hagerstown mowing business.

DeHaven said later Wednesday afternoon that he thinks he knows how the fire started, but he wanted to speak to the victim again before making a comment about the cause.

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Firefighters were called at 2:13 p.m. to respond to the fire in front of 934 Sweeney Drive, which is off Sherman Avenue, DeHaven said.

The 16-foot trailer, which contained a variety of mowing equipment, including at least one riding lawn mower, was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, DeHaven said.

The trailer was connected to a pickup truck, which firefighters were able to disconnect  and move away to safety, he said.

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