Deputies: Laurel Co. man violates burn ban, found eating burger among flames
A man is charged with violating a Laurel County burn ban, among other charges, after being found eating a hamburger in the middle of a growing fire.
A release from the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office states that a deputy on patrol saw a large amount of smoke rising from behind several businesses off Murray Lane and HWY 80 in London.
When he went to investigate, he reportedly found a man, later identified as 44-year-old Thomas S. Saylor, sitting in the middle of the fire eating a hamburger.
The deputy started to pull Saylor out, but Saylor reportedly resisted, yelling and fighting with the deputy. When he was finally pulled to safety, Saylor allegedly became irate, and stated he was “an American War general of West Virginia.” He also told the deputy he had been trying to burn leaves.
Travis Gregory lives in Laurel County, and says the hot and dry conditions have been well-communicated.
"It's getting pushed good and everyone's keeping an eye on it, it's just so dry," he said.
Gregory said the scene of the fire is known for not being the best area.
"I've seen some trucks, you know people living out of their vehicles around here," he said.
Saylor was determined to be under the influence and was arrested.
Beyond violating the burn ban, he was also charged with resisting arrest, public intoxication and disorderly conduct.