Michigan Man's Hilarious Attempt to Put Out Fire in Neighbor’s Yard He Accidentally Caused Goes Viral

Kalamazoo radio personality Dana Marshall found himself scrambling to put out a fire in his neighbor's yard after trying to create a small, controlled burn on his own property. The saga to put it out was caught on camera and has gone viral on TikTok.

All Dana Marshall wanted to do was enjoy Michigan’s first 60-degree day in a long time.

Sick of the winter cold and looking for outdoor activities, he decided to do something he has done before: create a very small, controlled burn.

But what the Kalamazoo radio personality got in return is a little more than he bargained for. The fire spread through his chain link fence, into his neighbor's yard and ultimately went viral on TikTok. 

"Let me say, I work very hard on TikTok videos just so no one will watch them, but then I fall on a fire and now everybody wants to see it," he told Inside Edition Digital. "It was the first warm day we had in southwest Michigan in a long time. So there was a wind advisory with a possible 60 mile per hour wind. I wasn’t using my head, I just thought, ‘oh, it’s a nice warm day, I’m gonna build a fire because I had a couple of boxes of stuff I wanted to burn.'"

Marshall tossed a couple of boxes and pieces of mail into the fire. 

"My fiancé walks out and says, 'Why are you burning during a wind advisory?' And my male pride shut her down and I go, ‘I got this!’ I didn’t have it at all."

Within seconds of his exchange with his fiancé, Marshall said the wind carried his fire to his neighbor's yard and her leaves began burning. 

"The whole time she was standing in her window, drinking coffee, watching this whole thing go down," Marshall said. 

Marshall tried climbing over the fence, which resulted in his falling onto his own fire. 

"I forgot my age and thought that I could climb over a chain link fence. I cannot. I literally fell back-first onto the fire and my fairly large body put it out," he said. 

Ultimately, the fire was contained and put out. And Marshall learned his lesson.

“I learned a lot of lessons. No. 1, I should already know not to set a fire when its super windy. No. 2, I should already know, listen to my fiancé. No. 3, no matter how much I try to pretend... I’m a man and I make those man mistakes with my male pride," he said. 

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