Indiana man dies after snowblower catches fire

Indiana man dies after snowblower catches fire
A 78-year-old man died after a snowplow ignited Monday evening. (Kinkate/Pixabay)

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana man died Monday evening after a snowblower ignited while he filled it with gasoline, authorities said.

Jonnie Douglas, 78, of Indianapolis, died at an area hospital at about 11 p.m., WTHR reported.

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Firefighters were called to a home shortly before 5:30 p.m. after receiving a report of heavy smoke coming from an attached garage, Indianapolis Fire Department Battalion Chief Rita Reith told the Indianapolis Star.

Firefighters said they believed Douglas was smoking while pouring gasoline into the tank of the snowblower, which ignited the machine and set his clothes on fire, WTHR reported.

According to an Indianapolis Fire Department spokesperson, Douglas was alert and talking with firefighters while he was being taken to the hospital, the television station reported. However, despite life saving efforts, Douglas died at the hospital.

Fire department officials said Douglas’ death is the seventh fire fatality in their service district during 2020, WXIN reported.