NORTH CONWAY BRUSH FIRE CONSIDERED SUSPICIOUS

by Christian Mower on July 20, 2012

THE NORTH CONWAY FIRE CHIEF SAYS A BRUSHFIRE THAT BURNED ABOUT A QUARTER ACRE OF PRIVATE LAND IN NORTH CONWAY THURSDAY AFTERNOON IS CONSIDERED SUSPICIOUS AND IS BEING INVESTIGATED BY CONWAY POLICE.

PAT PREECE SAYS THE FIRE STARTED OFF ROUTE 16 NEAR NEIGHBORS ROW AND HIS FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDED TO THE AREA SHORTLY AFTER 3 P.M.

THE AREA THAT BURNED WAS A COMBINATION OF WOODS, SOME GRASS AND SPLIT RAIL FENCING. PREECE SAYS ABOUT A DOZEN FIREFIGHTERS USING TWO ENGINES, A TANKER AND A FORESTRY TRUCK SURROUNDED THE FIRE AND HAD IT CONTAINED BY ABOUT 3:45 P.M.

THE CHIEF SAYS SOME OF THE FLAMES WERE AS HIGH AS 15 FEET AND IT WAS WINDY, CAUSING THE FIRE TO SPREAD UP A HILL. FIREFIGHTERS HAD IT FULLY EXTINGUISHED SHORTLY AFTER FOUR O’CLOCK P.M.

PREECE SAYS FIRE CONDITIONS WERE A CLASS 3 ON THURSDAY, WHICH MEANS PERMITS COULD BE ISSUED BUT THE DRY CONDITIONS HAD THE POTENTIAL TO ALLOW FOR A SERIOUS FIRE.

PREECE SAYS THE FIRE WAS NOT STARTED BY THE PROPERTY OWNER AND THERE WAS NO ONE WORKING ON THE PROPERTY SO IT IS BEING INVESTIGATED AS A CRIME.