Police say a 79-year-old retired firefighter has died after the lawn mower he was operating suddenly caught fire in Burlington County, reports The Associated Press.
WCAU-TV reports former Springfield Township firefighter Roger Lippincott was killed around 2:30 p.m. Sunday outside a home on Saylors Pond Road in Jobstown.
Officials say Lippincott suffered severe burns when the lawn mower combusted. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
State Police Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Williams says the major crimes, arson and bomb units are continuing to investigate the incident.
Springfield Township Fire Company Chief Brian Kokotajlo says Lippincott served as the township’s emergency manager coordinator and taught at Burlington County’s fire academy.
Kokotajlo says Lippincott was the second retired Springfield Township firefighter to die in a fire-related accident within the last two years.