UPDATE- Quick response stops Baileys Mills brush fire

UPDATE: 7:50 a.m. Friday May 8. According to the Chester Fire Department, the cause of the fire (approximately 100′ by 300′) was “a large ash pile that had been emptied onto a week prior.” The fire department reminds the public that a large ash pile can continue to be hot in the middle for weeks.  Bellows Falls covered the Chester station during the call and responded to a one car accident and an illegal burn.

At about 6 p.m. on Thursday night, the Chester and Proctorsville Fire Departments responded to a small brush fire at Lovers Lane and Baileys Mills Road. A man at the scene who would only identify himself as Jim, said he had been sawing during the day and when he came out of the house there was “as lot of smoke.” By 6:48 there was no smoke and the only thing in the air was the sound of chain saws as the fire crews worked to hose down an area behind a several stacks of firewood. The Chester Ambulance crew was standing by at the scene.

In a radio transmission at 7:34 to Springfield dispatch, the Chester Fire Department said the fire was extinguished and that they would be there for some time to wrap up and stow their hoses.

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