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UPDATE: Man Seriously Burned While Trying to Put Out Brush Fire; Name Released

By: WSAZ News Staff, Katelyn Sykes Email
By: WSAZ News Staff, Katelyn Sykes Email
Family members say Dannie Withrow was out with several neighbors Tuesday afternoon, battling a brush fire along Jordan Creek Road in Clendenin.

(WSAZ Photo/Katelyn Sykes)

UPDATE 3/21/12 @ 11:30 p.m.
CLENDENIN, W.Va. (WSAZ) – The man who was seriously burned while trying to put out a brush fire in northern Kanawha County was in critical condition Wednesday.

Family members say Dannie Withrow was out with several neighbors Tuesday afternoon battling a brush fire along Jordan Creek Road in Clendenin.

Withrow, 72, was burned over 20 percent of his body.

Family members say he was taken off a ventilator Wednesday evening and has begun breathing on his own again.

Wyatt Young, 13, was one of the people who was with Withrow at the time of the fire.

He says he and Withrow piled some trash and set it on fire. He says things were fine for a few minutes until something popped, sending flames to the dry hillside.

"And, then everything went haywire," Young says.

Withrow, Young and two other people tried to get the fire under control while firefighters were on their way.

But suddenly, nobody could see Withrow anymore.

Though several acres of the hillside were on fire, Wyatt knew he had to do something.

"And, at this point I couldn't see anything because smoke was everywhere. Finally, I got close enough and I could see through the smoke, and I saw Dannie right up here," Wyatt says.

Wyatt found Withrow on a pile of embers and dragged him to where the medics were waiting.

As Withrow recovers in the burn unit at Cabell Huntington Hospital, his family's been trying to stay strong, waiting to see how difficult his recovery will be.

“It was really hard to even comprehend that something that severe had happened," Darlena Withrow says.

But, family members say things could have been worse if Wyatt hadn't gone in.

"If it wasn't for him, my grandfather wouldn't be here right now," says Veronica Casto, who called Wyatt a hero.

Wyatt responds, "I wouldn't consider myself a hero. I just did what I think every normal human being would do."



UPDATE 3/21/12 @ 1:30 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The elderly man who was seriously burned while trying to put out a brush fire in northern Kanawha County is in critical condition Wednesday.

Family members say Dannie Withrow was out with several neighbors Tuesday afternoon battling a brush fire along Jordan Creek Road in Clendenin.

Withrow, who is 72 years old was burned over 20 percent of his body.

He is in critical condition and on a ventilator.

There is no word on what started the fire.



UPDATE 3/20/12 @ 9:45 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man was seriously burned early Tuesday evening while trying to put out a brush fire, Metro 911 dispatchers say.

The fire started just after 5 p.m. Tuesday near the corner of Jordan Creek and Lynn's Fork roads in Clendenin.

The Clendenin Fire Department says the 72-year-old man was trying to help put out the 20-acre fire when he was burned.

"Neighbors said they'd be fighting the fire for about an hour before they called 911 and the gentlemen was near his property, so he was trying to help extinguish it," Clendenin Fire Chief Kevin Clendenin said.

Fire officials said when they arrived at the scene, they were told the man was in the woods -- in the fire.

"When I made access to the patient, he was still on fire so we had to put him out and then he had some burns over about 20 percent of his body," Clendenin said. "So we had to perform a rescue and get the patient out of there, off the mountain and down to the helicopter so he could go to the burn center."

The Herbert Hoover High School baseball field had to be transformed into a landing zone for HealthNet.

The man, who hasn't been identified, was unconscious at the scene and was flown to a burn unit in Huntington.

Fire officials still aren't sure what caused the brush fire, and the DNR is also investigating.


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