Machine catches fire, worker burned


A worker received first-degree burns to his hand Monday when a piece of equipment he was using caught fire.

Dublin Fire Department was dispatched to the Virginia Department of Transportation facility off Bagging Plant Road at 11:11 a.m. Monday on a report of a piece of machinery on fire.

Chief Ronnie McClure said an employee of John Hylton Forestry in Roanoke was using a Caterpillar tub grinder to turn a large pile of brush from the summer storms into mulch when a bad bearing sparked the fire.

The employee, Justin Thornhill of Elliston, received first-degree burns to his hand attempting to remove a panel on the machine, according to McClure. Third degree are the most severe type of burn. Thornhill was treated at the scene by REMSI personnel.

McClure said the fire spread to a small amount of mulch around the machine, but the fire was not extensive. He estimated the equipment sustained $1,000 in damage.

The fire department responded with three pieces of equipment and a dozen firefighters. The scene was cleared at 11:51 a.m.




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