Brush fires keep Windsor firefighters busy


WINDSOR -- Windsor firefighters capped a busy Sunday by dousing a late-afternoon brush fire that scorched two acres after assisting on brush fires in two other Western Massachusetts communities.

At 5:24 p.m., the Windsor Fire Department responded to an out-of-control brush fire at 1600 North Street, a residence about three miles northwest from Route 9.

The fire was discovered by a neighbor and also reported by an observer at the state fire tower in Savoy, several miles away.

Windsor Fire Capt. Don Allard said he immediately requested mutual aid as about half of the town's firefighters had been summoned to a brush fire in Holyoke. Earlier on Sunday, Windsor firefighters helped douse a brush fire in the nearby town of Worthington in Hampshire County.

With the help of the Cheshire Fire Department and Massachusetts Forest Fire Control, Allard said some 20 firefighters kept the flames at 1600 North St. from spreading beyond the two acres of burnt high grass along the backyard perimeter of the residential property.

"We contained it pretty quickly with our hoses and without having to fight the fire in the woods with hand tools," he said.

Allard added that the fire never threatened the house and no firefighters were injured. No one was home when the fire broke out and the name of the homeowner wasn't immediately known.

Allard suspects embers from a controlled brush fire, apparently doused earlier in the weekend, sparked the fire. Fire officials say it was windy when they arrived on the scene, fanning the flames in opposite directions, before firefighters knocked it down in less than an hour.

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