SAN DIEGO — Authorities say a firefighter who died after he was cut with a chain saw lost his balance while battling a San Diego County blaze.

Twenty-two-year-old Frank Anaya died Tuesday. The inmate firefighter underwent several surgeries after he was injured while clearing brush to protect a mobile home park in Lakeside on July 5.

The San Diego Union-Tribune, citing a state fire report, says ( ) Anaya was standing on a rock and pushing against a shrub that his partner was cutting with a 24-inch chain saw when a branch snapped.

Anaya lost his balance, fell and landed on the chain saw, which cut the back of his thigh.

The former Ventura County resident had been in custody since September, serving a three-year sentence for spousal assault and a weapons crime.

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