Woman Receives Severe Burns after Attempting to put out Grass Fire

By KBJR News 1

Woman Receives Severe Burns after Attempting to put out Grass Fire

October 17, 2012 Updated Oct 17, 2012 at 5:06 PM CDT

Grand Rapids, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- A 72-year-old woman was airlifted to a hospital with severe burns to her body after she tried to put out a grass fire.

On October 16, 2012 at approximately 2:50 pm the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a structure fire/ grass fire at a rural farm on Monson Lake Road in northeastern Itasca County.

Law Enforcement learned Patricia Pauna, attempted to put out the grass fire with a shovel and received severe burns to her legs and arms.

The fire was started from a burning pit in the backyard of the residence and spread to tall grass and several out buildings.

Nashwauk Fire, Keewatin Fire, Minnesota DNR Forestry Fire, Buck Lake First Responders , Nashwauk Ambulance and well as Hibbing Advanced Life Support (ALS) Ambulance where called.

Due to Pauna’s severe burns she was airlifted to Essentia Health St. Mary’s Duluth Hospital Burn Unit.

The fire was contained soon after fire personnel arrived.

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