30-acre brush fire near Westover still under investigation

The fire was burning behind the homes on Slate Road

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Chicopee firefighters are looking into the cause of Tuesday’s 30-acre brush fire near the Westover Air Reserve Base. The ground was charred and wet, not just from all the water firefighters had brought in, but Tuesday’s hard rain as well.

Despite the rain, they were still there on Wednesday, trying to make sure the flames didn’t start up again and running hoses for water being hauled in. Other firefighters were shoveling dirt and spraying water on any smoldering debris.


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The Chicopee Fire Department was called for a brush fire around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday. The fire was burning behind the homes on Slate Road, which is off of Sheridan Street. This is close to the Chicopee Reservoir, Massachusetts Turnpike, and Westover.

Westover Firefighters were sent in to help, concerned it could spread to the base. Acting Deputy Fire Chief Douglas Sanford told 22News that fire investigators are still trying to determine the exact cause.

The fire’s under control, but crews will be out there again Wednesday night to make sure it doesn’t start again.