Homeless man dies of burns from campfire in Lexington

jwarren@herald-leader.comMarch 11, 2014 

A homeless man who was badly burned by a campfire last week in Lexington has died.

Irvin McCarty, 45, died Tuesday at University of Cincinnati Hospital, according to a news release by the Hamilton County, Ohio, coroner's office.

Lexington authorities said McCarty was camping out overnight in an area near West Loudon Avenue when he apparently rolled into the campfire by accident about midnight Thursday and was badly burned.

McCarty initially was treated at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. He was later transferred to the University of Cincinnati Hospital.

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

The area where McCarty was camping has been a campsite for some of Lexington's homeless people for several years, according to Ginny Ramsey, director of the Catholic Action Center in Lexington.

Ramsey said staffers picked up a number of people at that site during this winter's bitterly cold weather and took them to indoor shelters for the night.

Ramsey said she was making inquiries Tuesday afternoon to see whether anyone knew McCarty or where he was from.

Jim Warren: (859) 231-3255. Twitter: @hlpublicsafety.

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