WAKEFIELD BRUSH FIRES CAUSED BY PASSING TRAIN

by Christian Mower on March 21, 2012

A WAKEFIELD FIRE LIEUTENANT SAYS A PASSING FREIGHT TRAIN THROWING OFF PIECES OF HOT CARBON IGNITED DRY LEAVES NEAR THE TRACKS TUESDAY AFTERNOON, CAUSING AT LEAST THREE SEPARATE BRUSH FIRES.

STEVE PETSCHE SAYS WAKEFIELD FIRE AND RESCUE RESPONDED SHORTLY AFTER 3 P.M., INITIALLY TO A FIRE REPORTED TO BE AT ROUTE 16 AND PINE RIVER ROAD.

WAKEFIELD POLICE LT. MARK O’BRIEN SAYS SEPARATE FIRES WERE SPREAD OUT OVER AN AREA OF MORE THAN FIVE MILES – ALL THE WAY TO THE BURLEY TRACKS.

HE SAYS IT TOOK QUITE AN EFFORT TO LOCATE ALL OF THEM AND POSITION FIRE TRUCKS TO PUT THEM OUT.

THE FREIGHT TRAIN OF ABOUT 20 CARS WAS MOVING SOUTHBOUND OUT OF OSSIPEE AFTER A STOP AT A SAND AND GRAVEL YARD.

FIREFIGHTERS WERE AT THE SCENE FOR ABOUT TWO HOURS.

NO ONE WAS HURT.

FIRE DEPARTMENTS FROM OSSIPEE AND WOLFEBORO ASSISTED.