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Brush fire along tracks in Port Jervis

By SHARON SIEGEL, Senior Correspondent | May 09, 2022 | NEW YORK

Story No. 050922118

PORT JERVIS, NY -- A fire near the tracks behind Erie Street in West End brought Port Jervis Department units out just before 9 p.m. Monday evening. The fire was reported by an Erie Street resident who spotted an orange glow from an upstairs window in his house.

The resident went to his backyard to check it out, taking a fire extinguisher and bucket of water with him. He hoped to be able to put out what appeared to be a small grass fire by himself. However, when he reached the location, he realized it was more than he could completely extinguish alone and placed a call for help.

Port Jervis Fire Department arrived quickly and extinguished what Chief Keith Brown said was a small grass fire off the tracks. Two water cans were used to finish extinguishing the blaze.

Even with recent heavy rain fall, conditions remain dry enough that fire danger has been elevated from low to moderate danger.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.