newsNews24 reports that the volunteer firefighter who died on Friday morning after helping to put out wildfires in Plettenberg Bay had been trying to outrun the blaze.  

Bradley Richards, 24, was admitted to George Mediclinic after suffering serious injuries, but passed away.  Another firefighter, Ian Barnard, who also sustained serious injuries while fighting the same fire, was admitted to hospital in George.  Charlene Theron of Firstcare Wildfire Support said the wind had changed direction while the two firefighters were fighting the blaze.  She said they had jumped into the fire truck, but it wouldn’t start.  "They had to then run to get away.  They are both fit men, but such a fire can spread very fast."  Theron was emotional when she spoke about how the fire reached them.  She said Barnard turned around to try and save Richards when he also burnt.  He suffered burn wounds to his face, hands and legs.


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