Almost every fireman in Venango, Clarion counties was battling brush fires Tuesday

4/16/03

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Firefighters from all over Venango and Clarion counties were busy Tuesday battling brush fires across the region.

Firemen from most every fire company in the region were at brush fires at about 3 p.m. Tuesday, emergency dispatchers said.

Firefighters from 21 companies across Armstrong and Clarion counties battled a brush blaze of unknown origin near East Brady for most of the day Tuesday.

East Brady assistant chief Steve Crawford said the fire started about 3 p.m. in Philipston and damaged several acres of woods.

The blaze came very close to a trailer, but crews were able to save the structure from damage, he said.

Crawford said the cause of the blaze was unknown, but forest and water investigators will investigate.

The assistant chief said men crews remained on the scene late Tuesday night checking for hot spots and cleaning the area.

Firemen from Utica were called to two separate brush fires Tuesday afternoon.

The first started at 12:45 p.m. on Samuel Ritichl's Craft Hill Road in Frenchcreek Township, Fire Lt. Brad Deeter said.

Firemen from Sandy Lake, Cochranton, Polk, Utica and Cooperstown battled the blaze for more than two hours.

Deeter said the fire, started by a smoldering brush pile, burned through about 5 acres across the property.

While firemen were tending to that fire, a second brush fire on Judson Road in Canal Township started at about 1:30 p.m.

The fire was on the property of Steve Lions and damaged about 2 acres of field, Deeter said.

Firemen from Utica, Cochranton, Cooperstown and Rocky Grove responded.

Meanwhile, brush fires were reported off Old Route 8 in Cornplanter Township and near the Seneca skating rink.

Fire crews from Cornplanter also responded to a small brush fire on Oak Road shortly before 10 p.m.

Firefighter Alisha Detar said the fire was contained to a large pile of dry leaves and caused no damage to the yard.