Elderly Hyrum Man Burned in Fire

Apr 3, 2013

Update: The University of Utah Burn Unit Spokeswoman, Melinda Rogers confirmed that Ray Jessop succumbed to his injuries Thursday morning at 2:20 A.M.

Ray Jessop, 81, was still on fire when his neighbor, Braxton Wood, found him at about 11 A.M. Wednesday.

Suffering third degree burns on 90 percent of his body, Jessop was taken to Logan Regional Hospital and then airlifted to the University of Utah burn Center in Salt Lake City.

His neighbor, Toni Wood, said this incident only adds to the list of health complications he has been struggling with.

Officials say Jessop had been using a hand torch to burn weeds near his back fence when his clothes caught fire. 

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