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Burn Barrel Ignites Leaves, Endangering Home in Hughesville

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

Hughesville, PA - On Wednesday, November 4th at 1:29 P.M., Box 1-24 in Wolf Township for 225 Gregg Run Road was dispatched for a fire next to a structure.

Hughesville and Picture Rocks, along with East Lycoming EMS were on the initial alarm. Chief 2-24 immediately requested an additional engine be dispatched, due to it being a weekday and knowledge of the location of the call. Engine 23, Muncy Township, was added to the assignment.

"Old" Brush 24 was first on the road, followed by the new Brush 24. They arrived to find a burn barrel and leaves burning in a side yard adjacent to a house and garage, with a small patch of vinyl siding on the house being slightly melted. The two brush trucks worked quickly to knock down the body of fire and stop it from spreading. Tanker 26, Picture Rocks, arrived and provided their extra firefighter to assist with a leaf blower and move the leaves away from the home and get everything wet down.

Tanker 24, Hughesville and Engine 23, Muncy Township, arrived and assisted with checking the home for extension and general mopping up of the fire. Thanks to the efforts of all companies involved, the debris area was thoroughly wet down and sifted through and the home was spared any significant damage. Crews were out after about one hour.

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DARIN SMITHCorrespondent

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