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Local man critically injured in fire

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

George Seaberry III was critically injured in a Wednesday, Nov. 28 fire at his home on Highway 9 near Camp. Seaberry was burned over 30 percent of his body and is being treated at the Children's Hospital Burn Unit in Little Rock.
George Seaberry III, 64, was critically injured in a house fire on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

A neighbor reported the fire at Seaberry's home on Highway 9 North, east of Camp, at 6:18 p.m.

According to Camp Fire Chief Michael Harlow, Seaberry was conscious and standing outside the home when he arrived. Harlow could see that Seaberry was badly burned and called for an ambulance to transport him to Fulton County Hospital, where arrangements were made for a helicopter to airlift Seaberry to Little Rock.

As of press time on Tuesday, Dec. 4, Seaberry was listed in critical condition with burns over 30 percent of his body at the Children's Hospital Burn Unit in Little Rock.

"He is in critical condition and on a ventilator, but has shown some improvement," Toni Montgomery, Seaberry's sister who lives in the Dallas, Texas area, told The News.

Harlow called the Mammoth Spring, Sturkie, and Saddle Fire Departments to assist the Camp Fire Department. 12 fire units and 35 fire personnel worked to bring the fire under control. Units were on the scene until about 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29.

"The fire was burning good at the back of the house and had spread to the roof when we arrived," Harlow said. "As we were working, there was a big explosion in there, and the fire spread quickly over the rest of the house."

Harlow said it was likely that Seaberry had oxygen containers inside the home. Firefighters were told to back off for a time because of the possibility of other explosions.

"We want to thank members of the community for the concern that they have shown," Montgomery said. Seaberry attends the Assembly of God Church in Salem, and, according to Montgomery, church members have been especially supportive.

Assembly Minister, Rev. Kenn DeShane, was out of town when the fire occurred, but immediately went to Little Rock when he returned to be with Seaberry and family members.

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