OSSIPEE CORNER FIRE CHIEF CREDITS UTILITY CREW WITH QUICK RESPONSE

by Christian Mower on April 4, 2012

THE OSSIPEE CORNER FIRE CHIEF IS CREDITING A UTILITY CREW FOR TAKING QUICK ACTION TO EXTINGUISH AN OUTDOOR FIRE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

ADAM RILEY SAYS HIS DEPARTMENT WAS CALLED TO A RESIDENCE ON MILLSIDE DRIVE OFF SAWYER ROAD AROUND 12:15 P.M.

THE CHIEF SAYS THE FIRE APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY THE IMPROPER DISPOSAL OF ASHES FROM A WOOD STOVE. HE SAYS IT WAS FORTUNATE WORKERS FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE ELECTRIC CO-OP WERE WORKING NEXT DOOR AND SAW THE SMOKE.

THE WORKERS CAME OVER AND KNOCKED THE FIRE DOWN WITH EXTINGUISHERS SO BY THE TIME RILEY’S CREWS GOT THERE IT WAS BASICALLY A MOP UP JOB. THE CHIEF SAYS THE FIRE STARTED IN A TWO BY THREE FOOT WOODED AREA BUT GREW TO BE ABOUT 10 BY 10 FEET – AND COULD HAVE GROWN MUCH LARGER DUE TO THE GUSTY WINDS.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAD ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING WEDNESDAY WARNING OF HIGH FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL DUE TO THE DRY CONDITIONS AND GUSTY WINDS.

FIREFIGHTERS CLEARED THE SCENE AROUND 1 P.M.

THE CHIEF SAYS HE’LL BE TALKING WITH THE OCCUPANTS OF THE HOME ABOUT HOW TO PROPERLY DISPOSE OF THE ASH.