- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) - Authorities are blaming a fatal Buffalo County blaze on a burn pile fire that got out of control.

A report by the Kearney Volunteer Fire Department says 65-year-old Eldon Schinkel had been burning the pile in a field near his home north of the Kearney Regional Airport on Monday afternoon. The fire went out of control and spread to grassland, trees and three vehicles. Firefighters found Schinkel’s body when they arrived.

An autopsy was ordered.

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