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April 14, 2014

Man dies of burns sustained in back yard

TERRE HAUTE — A Terre Haute man has died after being burned near a backyard fire pit.

On Friday night, police were called to the 1000 block of Barton Avenue on a report of a man with severe burns. The man was airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital, but later died, said Assistant Chief Shawn Keen of the Terre Haute Police Department.

A person at the scene said she and the man had been sitting in the back yard at a fire pit when she went into the home to answer the telephone, Keen told the Tribune-Star. Another family member soon arrived and reported seeing something on fire in the back yard of the home. The family realized that a person was on fire, and received help in putting out the fire.

Keen said that people at the scene reported that the victim had been consuming alcohol, and people were gathering to celebrate the victim’s upcoming birthday.

An autopsy was scheduled for today by the Marion County Coroner’s Office.

More information will be released as it becomes available, Keen said.

See Tuesday’s Tribune-Star and revisit www.tribstar.com for more details as they become available.

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