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Tomahawk man rescued from brush fire


TOMAHAWK (WAOW) - Authorities say a 76-year-old Tomahawk man was hospitalized Monday after accidentally igniting a brush fire on some county forest land before he collapsed and was rescued by a conservation warden.

Mike Caylor of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department said Donald Cortazzo had gone to some woods about 12 miles northwest of Tomahawk on Sunday afternoon and attempted to burn some garbage.

"The fire got away from him and he tried to put it out and collapsed," Caylor  said.

A state Department of Natural Resources warden on routine patrol in the area saw smoke, stopped to check it out and found Cortazzo lying in the woods, Caylor  said.

Cortazzo  was flown by helicopter to Aspirus Hospital in Wausau where he was treated for minor burn injuries and other medical issues, Caylor said. The fire burned less than acre.

"If the warden would not have come along, the gentleman probably wouldn't have been lucky enough to survive," Caylor said.

Andy Napgezek, an Aspirus Hospital spokesman, said Cortazzo was in critical condition Monday.

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