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Limestone County teen dies after weekend fire

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An East Limestone County teen died Monday morning after being injured in a leaf-burning fire over the weekend.

Authorities said 19-year-old Chad Silcox was burning leaves in his backyard on Oak Road Saturday afternoon.

East Limestone Fire Chief Joey Boyd said Silcox used gasoline to burn the leaves and the flames flared up. He was taken to UAB Hospital with extensive burns on his body. Boyd said Silcox's brother was also burned while trying to rescue him.

Silcox was a student at East Limestone County High in Athens. He was a sophomore at the University of North Alabama and majored in geographic information systems.

A university spokesman said Silcox transferred to the school last August and led a very active student life. He said Silcox was involved in the Kappa Sigma fraternity.

"[He] had really become a part of the university community in significant ways in that very short time and so he is going to be very much missed by the university community and our hearts go out to his family and friends at this time," said UNA spokesman Josh Woods.

A fund has been set up for the Silcox family. Donations can be made at any Redstone Federal Credit Union.

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