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Spreading yard fires keep firefighters busy

March 29, 1999|By BRYN MICKLE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two backyard fires that blew out of control and a smoking mountaintop kept Berkeley County firefighters busy Sunday.

Flames destroyed a shed and scorched two acres of land Sunday afternoon after a man lost control of a debris fire on Oak Grove School Road near Hedgesville, W.Va.

The Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Department spent about 45 minutes putting out the 1 p.m. fire that also burned the skirting off an abandoned trailer on the property, said Hedgesville Assistant Fire Chief Brett Minnick.

The second fire was reported about six hours later by passersby who saw smoke coming off from North Mountain.

Firefighters spent about an hour Sunday night putting out a brush fire that burned 3 acres of woods near the top of the mountain, said Baker Heights Fire Chief Chuck Summers.

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The mountain fire started around 6 p.m. along a short stretch of Tuscarora Pike Extended. Heavy brush required firefighters to battle much of the blaze by hand, said Summers.

A home about a half-mile from the mountain fire was not endangered by the blaze, he said.

Around the same the time the mountain fire was reported, firefighters were also called to a home off Tuscarora Pike about a half-mile from Interstate 81.

An open burn blew out of control around 6:20 p.m. and burned about an eighth of an acre behind a home on Lost Road, said Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Department Capt. Shannon Wise.

The fire was extinguished by 7 p.m. and no structures were damaged, said Wise.

No one was injured in any of the fires.

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