DeSoto (LA) Firefighter Injured by Falling Tree

A DeSoto (LA) firefighter is in intensive care at LSU Hospital in Shreveport being treated for injuries sustained last night while on a fire scene, reports The Shreveport Times.

Fire Chief Jack Canton said Hayden Ezernack was hit by a tall burning tree that was cut down to keep a woods fire from spreading. The accident knocked Ezernack unconscious. He was flown from the scene to the hospital around 10 p.m.

The fire along state Highway 191 south of Logansport broke out Wednesday afternoon. It was confined to the east side of the highway.
Canton does not have an official estimate of how many acres were scorched, but said it could have been as many as 100. The fire mostly was confined to a pine plantation of trees 6 to 8 feet tall. No structures were involved.

Last night, a decision was made to topple the burning tree, estimated to be 50 to 75 feet tall, standing adjacent to the highway to keep it from throwing sparks and catching the other side on fire.

“When it was cut, it fell the wrong way and hit my firefighter,” Canton said.

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