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Va. firefighter dies while battling brush fire

William "Hal" Clark was the president and lifetime member of the Atlantic Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company

Duty Death: William "Hal" Harold Clark - [New Church, Virginia]


NEW CHURCH, Va. — An Eastern Shore Firefighter died in the line of duty Friday night.

William "Hal" Harold Clark, 54, died while battling a large brush fire in the town of New Church on the Eastern Shore.

At around 5:45 p.m. on Friday the New Church Fire Dept. received a report of a brush fire on Rt. 13, about a quarter of a mile south of the Maryland state line, across from the Virginia Welcome Center.

An area that had been partially cleared had caught on fire and was threatening a wooded area nearby.

When they arrived on the scene the New Church Fire Dept. called for assistance from other fire departments. Several agencies from the area responded, including the Virginia Department of Forestry, the Maryland Dept of Forestry and crews from the Atlantic Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company, according to New church Fire Chief Danny Outten.

With ten foot flames threatening the wooded area crews worked quickly to establish a fire line using bulldozers, said Outten.

The fire was brought under control about 11:30 p.m. Approximately 10 acres were burned by the fire, according to reports.

William "Hal" Clark was the president and lifetime member of the Atlantic Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company. He also worked for the town of Chincoteague in the public works and water departments.

A viewing is scheduled for Thursday from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Salyer funeral home in Chincoteague. The funeral, with full firefighters honors, is planned for Friday October 1, at Union Baptist Church in Chincoteague.

Republished with permission from WAVY-TV.

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