Firefighter dies while battling Texas wildfire

April 15, 2011 3:51:09 PM PDT
Authorities say a volunteer firefighter has died while battling a wildfire near a Texas town.

The mayor of Eastland says 51-year-old Gregory M. Simmons died Friday afternoon. Details haven't been released. The town is about 130 miles west of Dallas.

Wildfires sweeping across 20,000 acres in the area have destroyed at least 30 homes, forced hundreds of evacuations and closed a state park.

Eastland Mayor Mark Pipkin says Simmons had been a member of the Eastland Fire Department for 11 years and was with another fire department for a decade before that.

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