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Field fire burns 30 to 50 acres

March 11, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

WILLIAMSPORT -- A field fire Wednesday night that started near the intersection of Spielman and Falling Waters roads south of Williamsport grew to encompass roughly 30 to 50 acres, and about 100 firefighters worked to contain the blaze, a Washington County 911 dispatcher said.

The fire came close to a couple of businesses, including Hammond's Auto Exchange on Falling Waters Road, but it did not appear to have damaged any structures, the dispatcher said.

The fire was reported at 7:35 p.m. and was contained by about 10:15, the dispatcher said.

Estimates on the size of the fire varied during the night, and at one point it was believed the blaze might have spread across 80 acres, the dispatcher said.

A fire chief finally made an estimation of 30 to 50 acres, the dispatcher said.

It is not clear what started the fire, and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources will investigate to determine a cause, the dispatcher said.

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The fire was reported by passersby who said it was near the railroad tracks on Spielman Road. More calls came into 911 as winds whipped the flames, dispatchers said.

Firefighters from Berkeley County, W.Va., helped battle the blaze, and Maryland State Police and the Washington County Sheriff's Department helped control traffic, dispatchers said.

Spielman Road from Governor Lane Boulevard to the intersection of Md. 632 was closed in both directions during the fire, state police said in a news release about 9 p.m.

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