Elderly man pulled from path of Doney Park fire

2013-05-04T15:50:00Z 2013-05-04T15:53:32Z Elderly man pulled from path of Doney Park fireBy ERIC BETZ Sun staff reporter Arizona Daily Sun
May 04, 2013 3:50 pm  • 

Firefighters say that a private controlled burn at a Doney Park home got out of control just before noon today and scorched the yards of several residences.

Officials with the Summit Fire Department say that a Doney Park man called and received permission to burn leaves at his home on Turkey Hills Drive this morning.

A short time later, firefighters from Summit and the Flagstaff Fire Department were dispatched to the area because the blaze was out of control.

A fire engine pulled up and spotted the fire burning toward an elderly man in his eighties who had been caught in a barbed wire fence. While firefighters combated the flames with water, Summit Captain Duane Deck ran to help the man from the fence.

The man was treated by Guardian Medical Transport and released.

It took five fire engines, two water trucks and about two dozen firefighters to extinguish what officials dubbed the Pony fire, which was contained at about an acre.

Crews are starting to be released from the blaze.

The Pony fire is not thought to be related to the ten other fires burning around Flagstaff on Saturday, which are believed to be the work of an arsonist.

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