Woman, 72, critically burned in grass fire
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. — A 72-year-old woman is in critical condition after a backyard fire at a farm in northern Minnesota.
The Itasca (eye-TAS'-kuh) County sheriff's office says Patricia Pauna suffered severe burns on her legs and arms when she tried to put out the grass fire with a shovel Tuesday.
Pauna was airlifted to Essentia Health St. Mary's Duluth Hospital burn unit. She was in critical condition Wednesday.
Authorities say the fire started from a burning pit in the backyard and spread to tall grass and outbuildings. The fire was contained soon after firefighters arrived.
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