Authorities say he was trying to light a propane heater on first
day of season
DULUTH, Minn. — An 84-year-old hunter caught his clothes on fire
in a deer stand, then died after falling out of the tree on Saturday
morning, authorities said.
Arthur Joseph Knafla of Maple Grove was pronounced dead at the
scene, NBC station KBJR reported. The accident occurred in Lavell
Township, southeast of Hibbing, the Star-Tribune reported.
According to the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office, Knafla was
attempting to light a propane heater in his partially enclosed deer
stand when his clothes caught fire. Knafla then fell from his deer
A Meadowlands ambulance responded to the incident.
Saturday was the opening day of the Minnesota deer hunting
This article includes reporting from NBC station KBJR of
Superior, Wisc., and msnbc.com staff.
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