Hunter's Fire Breaks Boulder, Which Falls and Crushes Him

Another hunter was injured but escaped alive
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 24, 2015 6:05 PM CST

(Newser) – West Virginia State Police say a hunter was killed after he and a fellow hunter built a fire and the heat broke apart an overhanging boulder, which tumbled onto him. According to a police statement, the hunter's death occurred Monday afternoon, the start of the buck firearms season in the state. Police say 25-year-old Donnie Barker III died at the scene in a wooded area in Boone County. His fellow hunter, 19-year-old Steven Lee Setser, was injured but managed to make it to a relative's house for assistance. Setser was taken to Charleston Area Medical Center General Hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening. Police say the men had started the fire under the boulder to seek heat. (Read more hunting stories.)

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