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Eight fire companies respond to large fire in Goose Bay


ALEXANDRIA BAY — About 100 firefighters from eight fire companies battled a large grass fire Thursday night that quickly spread into a marsh in Goose Bay.

Alexandria Bay Fire Chief David E. VanBrocklin said the grass fire was ignited by a burn barrel, and spread quickly through a growth of cattails in the water between Goose Bay and Cranberry Creek.

“It got in the marsh and just took off,” he said, noting that the warm, dry weather also caused the fire to spread. “Once it goes, it goes.”

Reported at 8:17 p.m. near County Route 1 and Route 12, the fire spread to about 30 acres before it was brought under control after 11 p.m., Mr. VanBrocklin said. At times, flames reportedly burst 40 feet into the air.

No one was hurt and no structures were damaged.

A large plume of smoke could be seen from Barnes Settlement Road, about 2 miles away, said Frederick D. Lampman, deputy director of Jefferson County Fire and Emergency Management.

The fire also was difficult to fight because crews could not get firetrucks to the remote location, Mr. VanBrocklin said. Water had to be trucked from about 2 miles away.

It took several hours to fully extinguish the blaze because of stubborn hot spots, Mr. VanBrocklin said.

Fire departments from Alexandria Bay, Clayton, Fishers Landing, LaFargeville, Plessis, Redwood, Wellesley Island and Hammond responded to the scene.

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