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Man dead after burns in backyard
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A man is dead after receiving significant burns all over his body at his Leach Road home while burning brush and cooking chicken on his propane grill on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. - photo by Austin Steele

A man is dead after receiving significant burns all over his body Saturday afternoon.

Greg Bryant, 52, was in the backyard of his Leach Road home around 2:45 p.m., burning leaves and brush and cooking chicken on his propane grill, according to Hall County Fire Services Capt. Zachary Brackett.

Brackett said the cause of death is still undetermined, but the man was using a canister of gasoline to help ignite the brush fires in his yard.

“It seems to be that he and his wife were clearing some debris from the yard … and he got some gasoline on him,” Brackett said.

Brackett said Bryant’s wife went inside to get a fork and “heard him holler out, and came out and he was on fire.”

Brackett said the incident remains under investigation by the Hall County Fire Marshal's Office and the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

Bryant and his wife had the proper burn permits and water supply to be burning in their yard. Bracket said they did everything they were supposed to do, “except for the using gas part. You're not supposed to do that.”

Hall County Fire Services and the Hall County Sheriff’s Office remained on scene after 5 p.m. Saturday.

“Hall County Fire Services strongly encourages people to not use accelerants when doing controlled burns,” Brackett said.

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