Farmer Jumps Off Burning Tractor In Sebastian County

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SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM) - A Lavaca farmer is safe Monday (Aug. 4), after jumping off his burning tractor after it burst into flames around 8 a.m.

Authorities said the fire happened in a field off of Highway 252, just north of Highway 96, near Lavaca.

Dennis Chronister, from Lavaca, told 5NEWS he was brush hogging, when he noticed flames coming from the back of his tractor. He said he then watched his entire tractor go up in flames.

"I just jumped right on out," Chronister said.

Chronister was not hurt in the fire.

Several area fire departments worked to get the flames under control.

Chronister said he thinks the gas line may have ruptured, and caused the fire to spark; however, crews said the exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Chronister said the tractor was destroyed. He said he does have insurance on the tractor, and plans to file a claim.


  • Velda

    It is a miracle that he is OK. Thank God he didn’t parish in the fire. Thousands of Americans die each year in fires, even a minor burn often kills the victim with infection. My sister died from a fire.

  • Happy n quiet

    Thank goodness that we live in an area that has slow-news-days. If you want homicides, then by all means, move to Memphis or Dallas. I’m sure that someone would like to see you go, given your attitudes about this news story.

    • Inquiring Mind

      Your logic is impeccable. KFSM has a non-news story posted on its website, myself and others point this out, therefore I must move to a high crime area as some type of punishment for my “attitude”.

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