'Conditions extremely dry'

Winds spread fire behind auto body shop

By Fran Gonzalez | Apr 13, 2018
Photo by: Fran Gonzalez A fireman douses flames inside a metal shed at J & B Autobody April 12.

Belfast — A fire broke out the afternoon of April 12 in the back lot of J & B Autobody at 278 Lincolnville Ave.

Belfast Fire Chief Jim Richards said the wildfire was reported just after 3 p.m. White billowy smoke could be seen pouring out of a derelict metal shed while firefighters doused the flames with water. Only a small area was burned.

"We had a good turnout of 12 men and we used about 4,000 gallons of water," Richards said.

According to Richards, "Someone was burning leaves and brush in the back, but with the wind, it got away from them.

"Conditions out there now with the wind are extremely dry. People have to be careful," he said.

There were no reported injuries and the fire was put out within the hour.

Belfast Fire Department responds with 12 men to a reported wildfire April 12. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Assorted bits of collected debris including a metal shed, a barrel and rolls of chain link fence are doused with water April 12. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
No injuries were reported at the fire behind J & B Auto Body April 12. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
A fireman douses ground, putting out hot spots in the back lot of J & B Autobody April 12. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
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