An 83-year-old Beverly man has died after suffering severe burns when his kilt caught fire while he was burning leaves and brush in his yard last week.
Arthur Ciampa’s 19-year-old neighbor, Evan Smith, rushed to his aid on Thursday after hearing screams next door, Beverly police said.
Smith found Ciampa rolling on the ground, fully engulfed in flames. Smith put the fire out with his jacket. Ciampa survived with second- and third-degree burns covering about 70 percent of his body, from the knees up.
Ciampa was rushed to Beverly Hospital, and later transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital, said Officer David Costa. Ciampa died on Monday.
Ciampa, a dentist and World War II Navy veteran, was described by his family in an obituary as a “faithful friend and neighbor to many,” whose first priority was always his family.
The graduate of Boston College and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine also had a dry sense of humor and “loved sharing puns and wordplay," the obituary said.
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