Fire News: Nebraska Fire Set Without Permission

10/09/2013
A controlled grass fire that severely burned a man who was sleeping in a Nebraska field was set without the landowner's permission, and authorities did not approve a permit for the fire until afterward, according to testimony from a federal lawsuit, reports The Associated Press. Rushville Fire Chief Dwaine Sones acknowledged in a May 7 deposition obtained by The Associated Press that he "had a pretty good idea" of who owned the land before starting the fire but that he didn't seek permission. The burn victim, Bryan Bluebird Jr., is suing the village of Rushville, its volunteer fire department, Sheridan County and the Sheridan County sheriff. The incident happened in the heat ...

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