Train caused brush fires in Chester and Middlefield

Fires are along railroad tracks near town line

CHESTER, Mass. (WWLP) – Firefighters in western Hampden and Hampshire counties worked throughout the afternoon to put out a series of brush fires.

Chester Assistant Fire Chief Henry Fristik told 22News that a passing train sparked five to seven fires near the Chester/Middlefield town line.

He said that the fires were burning in heavily wooded areas, and some of them were difficult to access. At one point, firefighters had to cross the Westfield River to reach one of them.

In addition to the fires in Chester, Fristik said that Middlefield firefighters had to put out two brush fires just north of the town line.

He said that all the fires were under control by 4:00 P.M.

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