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Straw field burns

July 20, 1997

BOONSBORO - About six acres of a straw field at 5500 Mount Carmel Church Road burned Saturday, fire officials said.

A baling machine set the blaze.

The fire started at 6:30 p.m. and was under control after 25 firefighters from three companies including Sharpsburg, Potomac Valley and Boonsboro fought the blaze, said Boonsboro Deputy Chief Curt Fales.

Fales said they got wagons filled with straw away from the fire, but they couldn't stop the field from burning. He said he believes farmer Dennis Shank, who was baling hay, is renting the property.

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