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April 25, 2013

Several departments battle big Saybrook brush fire

SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — Several fire departments teamed to douse a large brush fire that burned several acres in the area of Brown Road Tuesday night, according to Saybrook Township Fire Chief John Jyurovat.

Firefighters and equipment from numerous departments — including Geneva, Harpersfield, Austinburg, Morgan and Plymouth — spent nearly 2 1/2 hours at the scene, Jyurovat said. “We had nearly 40 people out there,” he said.

No firefighters were injured, Jyurovat said.

The alarm was received at 7:23 p.m., and the last of the trucks cleared the scene around 9:45 p.m., he said.

Dry grass was kindled in the vicinity of the Norfolk Southern Railway tracks. Flames encroached on a nearby orchard, but no fruit trees or any buildings were damaged, he said.

Jyurovat estimated 15 acres were scorched. “(The fire) cov-ered a lot of space,” he said.

Plenty of help from neighboring departments helped contain and douse the fire, said an appreciative Jyurovat. “Everyone worked together and did a great job,” he said.

A second brush fire, this one in the area of Ninevah Road, was reported around the same time as the Brown blaze and was extinguished by another department, Jyurovat said.

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