May 25, 2018
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Newcastle man dies while tending brush fire in South Bristol

By Christopher Cousins, BDN Staff

SOUTH BRISTOL, Maine — A Newcastle man died Wednesday afternoon from an apparent medical emergency he suffered while tending a controlled brush fire on Jones Point Road in South Bristol.

South Bristol Volunteer Fire Department Capt. Mitch Mitchell said the fire was reported at about 12:25 p.m. and that crews who responded were able to douse it quickly.

“It was a permitted burn of some brush and leaves,” said Mitchell. “The fatality was due to a medical condition.”

Mitchell declined to identify the victim because of an ongoing investigation by the Maine Forest Service. He referred questions to a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department deputy who could not be reached immediately by the Bangor Daily News on Wednesday afternoon.

The Lincoln County News, who had a correspondent at the scene, reported that Lincoln County Deputy Brian Collamore identified the victim as 57-year-old Philip Wright of Newcastle, who owns a landscaping business. Wright was pronounced dead at Miles Memorial Hospital in Damariscotta, according to the newspaper.

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