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Flames Engulf, Kill Volunteer Firefighter

<i> Associated Press</i>

A volunteer tractor operator who spent long days trying to help contain a 4,500-acre wildfire was killed when flames exploded through the area where he was cutting firebreaks.

Sydney Bruce Maplesden Jr., 25, was killed Thursday night by a fire that had advanced within two miles of this rural community, where more than 100 homes had been evacuated.


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