WOOD ASHES CAUSE NORTH CONWAY BRUSHFIRE

by Gair on November 30, 2012

THE CHIEF OF THE NORTH CONWAY FIRE DEPARTMENT SAYS A LARGE BRUSHFIRE STARTED IN NORTH CONWAY LATE FRIDAY MORNING BECAUSE WOOD ASHES WERE NOT PROPERLY DISPOSED OF.

PAT PREECE SAYS HIS FIREFIGHTERS AND NORTH CONWAY AMBULANCE RESPONDED TO 2355 WEST SIDE RD. SHORTLY BEFORE 11:30 A.M. AND FOUND A FIRE THAT QUICKLY GREW TO ABOUT A HALF ACRE BECAUSE OF GUSTY WINDS AND DRY LEAVES.

PREECE REQUESTED ASSISTANCE FROM TANKER TRUCKS FROM CONWAY AND REDSTONE DEPARTMENTS.

CONWAY POLICE ALSO RESPONDED AND BRIEFLY CLOSED WEST SIDE RD. NEAR THE SCENE TO ENSURE ACCESS FOR FIRE TRUCKS AND BECAUSE OF SMOKE BLOWING ACROSS THE ROAD.

AN EARLY RESPONDER REPORTED THE FIRE WAS BURNING ABOUT A QUARTER ACRE, GOING DOWN A HILL AND THREATENING AT LEAST ONE HOUSE.

PREECE SAYS TWO HOMES WERE ACTUALLY IN DANGER AND FIREFIGHTERS STOPPED THE FIRE ONLY A FEW FEET FROM ONE OF THE HOUSES. THE FIRE ALSO SURROUNDED A PONTOON BOAT BUT FIREFIGHTERS WERE ABLE TO PUT IT OUT BEFORE IT CAUSED MAJOR DAMAGE.

NO ONE WAS HURT AND THE FIRE WAS REPORTED TO BE OUT AROUND 12:20 P.M. FRIDAY.

PREECE SAYS THE WOOD ASHES WERE DUMPED OUTSIDE AND IGNITED AFTER SMOLDERING, WHICH CAUSED THE FIRE.

HE SAYS ASHES SHOULD BE LEFT IN A BUCKET FOR AT LEAST A WEEK TO ENSURE THEY ARE FULLY OUT BEFORE THEY ARE DISPOSED OF.

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