Brush fire put out in Murray before reaching house, wooded area

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 July 2016 at 3:15 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

MURRAY – Firefighters from six local departments were at a brush fire this afternoon on Ridge Road in Murray, preventing the fire from destroying a house and spreading to a nearby wooded area.

This photo shows Joe Morlino of the Fancher-Hulberton-Murray Fire Company at the front of a hose with Andrew Niederhofer, a Carlton firefighter.

Dave Smith, assistant chief for Fancher-Hulberton-Murray, said the homeowner at 15659 Ridge Rd. was burning debris when the fire spread to the grass and brush.

“It was right up to the back of the house and was close to a thicker field,” Smith said at the scene.

The brush fire scorched this field and was close to getting into a wooded area. Firefighters from FHM, Carlton, Barre, Kendall, Holley and Clarendon all responded to the scene.

Firefighters were able to keep the fire from damaging this house.

Barre firefighters Rich Barnard, left, and Jesse Babcock keep water on hot embers in the field.

The fire feasted on this pile of limbs in the backyard.