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Health department cancels contractor's burning permit

October 02, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

The Washington County Health Department has canceled an open burning permit that had been issued to a contractor working on the relocation of the Burhans Boulevard-based Lowe's Distribution Center to a 52-acre plot off Wesel Boulevard, Health Department and city fire officials said Wednesday.

While open burning is banned in the city of Hagerstown, the Health Department gave a permit to contractor Branch Highways Inc. of Roanoke, Va., to burn trees and brush on nearby property outside the city limits, Hagerstown Assistant Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven said Wednesday.

The company burned some of the brush Tuesday night and ashes from the fire landed in parts of the city's West End, prompting residents to call the Hagerstown Fire Department and the Hagerstown mayor, DeHaven said.

The Volunteer Fire Company of Halfway went out at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday and had the fire extinguished, said Laurie Bucher, the Washington County Health Department's director of environmental health.

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The Health Department returned later, checked out the area, and then told the contractor that open burns would be prohibited, Bucher and DeHaven said.

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