Northampton firefighters put out large outdoor fire in Meadows

  • Northampton fire and police responded to a fire at the end of Young Rainbow Road, off of Riverbank Road in the Meadows area of the city after 4 p.m. on Friday. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Northampton fire and police responded to a fire at the end of Young Rainbow Road, off of Riverbank Road in the Meadows area of the city, after 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

Staff Writer
Published: 11/20/2020 9:56:22 PM
Modified: 11/20/2020 9:56:09 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Firefighters spent hours on Friday extinguishing a large outdoor fire in the vicinity of Old Ferry Road and Riverbank Road.

“It was basically a large area of wood debris and brush fire,” said Deputy Fire Chief Stephen Vanasse.

The fire department was dispatched to the blaze, which was in the same neighborhood as the Northampton Airport, at 4:28 p.m, arriving on the scene at 4:35 p.m. 

Vanasse said that it took about three hours to put out the fire because stacked wood and logs meant that the fire department needed to get a backhoe from the Department of Public Works in order to get to its center and extinguish it. Vanasse speculated that the wood was from land clearing, and he said that the fire was contained to an estimated 100-by-200-foot area.

Mutual aid was provided by the Westhampton Fire Department in the form of a tanker truck.

No one was injured in the fire, and its cause has yet to be determined.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.




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