Five brush fires flare up in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield firefighters rushed from one brush fire to another Monday afternoon and evening, with the last one being the most serious in Blunt Park.

“We have four fire crews working on it, so that’s a big one,” said Aide to the Springfield Fire Commissioner Dennis Leger.

It was a difficult fire to fight. The flames spread quickly in the wind-swept,  tinder dry brush and it took fire fighters almost two hours to get the flames under control.

No reports of any injuries, or a cause.

Flames were burning the ground cover and trees in Blunt Park at 1800 Roosevelt Avenue, more than 90 minutes after the fire was first reported just after 7:00 p.m. Monday.

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Firefighters went to the Blunt park fire after putting out flames in Springfield’s Van Horn park about an hour earlier at 6 o’clock.

Access was difficult at Van Horn park because of the burning underbrush. Firefighters had to trudge through thick brush and trees to get to flames. These were only two of five brush fires Springfield fire fighters had to deal with.

Leger said the Springfield Arson and Bomb Squad is trying to determine how the fires started, but so far have not come up with a cause.

The other brush fires were at Indian Leap in Indian Orchard, Taylor Street in Downtown and near 645 Stapleton Road in Sixteen Acres, according to Leger.

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