Man Dies Trying to Control Brush Fire

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    Firefighters discovered the body of 88-year-old George Berngard in Robeson after he lost control of a fire. (Published Monday, Aug 11, 2014)

    A man has died after trying to control a brush fire in Robeson Township, Berks County Sunday afternoon.

    George Fritz Bernhard was found dead as the fire department was called to extinguish a reported brush fire at 730 Rock Hollow Road at 1 p.m. 

    The fire was started as a controlled burn, but the 88-year-old victim succumbed to natural causes while trying to regain control of the fire, according to the Pennsylvania State Police.

    Approximately 1-acre of ground was damaged by the fire, which was started to burn a pile of tree stumps.