TAMWORTH FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE FIGHT BRUSHFIRE

by Christian Mower on November 30, 2012

THE CHIEF OF THE TAMWORTH FIRE DEPARTMENT IS GIVING CREDIT TO OFFICERS OF THE TAMWORTH POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR ITS ASSISTANCE THURSDAY MORNING IN HELPING CONTROL A QUICKLY SPREADING BRUSHFIRE.

RICHARD COLCORD SAYS HIS FIREFIGHTERS AND A POLICE OFFICER RESPONDED TO CANDLE PINE VILLAGE SHORTLY AFTER 10:20 A.M. AND FOUND “A PRETTY GOOD SIZE BRUSH FIRE GOING.”

THE CHIEF SAYS THE FIRE DIDN’T BURN DEEP BECAUSE THE GROUND WAS COLD, BUT IT QUICKLY SPREAD TO ABOUT A HALF ACRE BECAUSE OF GUSTY WINDS AND DEAD VEGETATION ON THE GROUND THAT FUELED IT.

WITH ONE POLICE OFFICER ON A HOSE, THE FIRE WAS QUICKLY KNOCKED DOWN AND REPORTED TO BE UNDER CONTROL JUST AFTER 10:45 A.M. ANOTHER POLICE OFFICER ALSO ARRIVED TO HELP.

COLCORD SAYS THE BURNED AREA WAS MOSTLY ON A VACANT LOT. FIREFIGHTERS REMAINED AT THE SCENE FOR ABOUT AN HOUR AND A HALF TO CLEAN UP.

WEST OSSIPEE FIREFIGHTERS WERE CALLED TO ASSIST BUT WERE CALLED OFF BEFORE THEY ARRIVED.

NO ONE WAS HURT.

COLCORD SAYS THE FIRE WAS CAUSED BY A HUMAN BUT THERE’S NOT ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO KNOW HOW IT WAS CAUSED – OR WHETHER IT WAS INTENTIONAL OR ACCIDENTAL.

THE CHIEF SAYS IT’S THE SECOND TIME LATELY A POLICE OFFICER HAS BEEN “ON THE NOZZLE.”

HE ATTRIBUTES THAT TEAM SPIRIT IN TAMWORTH TO ALL AGENCIES WORKING TOGETHER AS “ONE TEAM, ONE FIGHT.”

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