MONSON, Mass. (WWLP) – Monson firefighters enlisted help from at least five surrounding communities to keep a big brush fire from spreading to dozens of homes Wednesday night.
Monson Deputy Fire Chief Brian Harris told 22News the fire started on property near where the tornado went through off Wilbraham Road near Wade Road at about 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Deputy Chief Harris said the high winds and tinder dry brush and debris from the tornado two years ago caused the fire to quickly spread to cover as much as eight acres of property. That’s when they called Mutual Aid from several surrounding fire departments including Palmer, Hampden, Brimfield, Wales and Stafford, CT.
Deputy Chief Harris said they were successful in getting ahead of the fire and keeping it from damaging any homes. No one was injured.
“The fire started in a compost pile,” Harris told 22News. “It was spontaneous combustion. An accidental fire.”
The fire was under control and considered extinguiished at 6:40 p.m. Wednesday