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Probate judge suffers burns

The Selma Times-Journal

Other than some pain, Probate Judge Kim Ballard said he is doing fine after a weekend accident that burned parts of his face and body.

Ballard began to incinerate a pile of brush in his yard Saturday afternoon when a blaze erupted that injured him and sent him to Vaughan Regional Medical Center.

He suffered second-degree burns on his face, a small third-degree burn on his arm and first-degree burns on his legs.

After initial treatment at Vaughan, Ballard went to the UAB Burn Center around 7:30 p.m. and was released around 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

He rested at home the remainder of the day and said he plans to be back at work today.

Ballard said he normally takes precautions when burning trash piles, but he was glad his family was nearby.