(ARKANSAS CITY, Kan.) — Arkansas City police say a man found in critical condition at a grassfire has died.
Police say the 76-year-old Eugene Hoag was found by firefighters who were also battling that fire just east of Arkansas City on Thursday.
The man was found with burns to his body. He was rushed to Cowley County Hospital, then to a Wichita hospital where he later died.
The cause of fire was determined to be related to a brush pile being burned in the vicinity that got out of control, burning on 6 different properties covering approximately 4 acres. Winds with gusts up to 18 to 20 miles per hour played a part in the fire moving so rapidly.