HUDSON — No one was injured and no homes were damaged in a “very large brush fire” that occurred in a swampy field on Barlow Road west of Terex Road Saturday afternoon, according to the city’s fire chief.
Fire/EMS Chief Jerry Varnes said a neighbor called 911 to report the blaze at about 4:35 p.m.
When crews arrived, Varnes said, the fire containing flames that were as high as “60 to 70 feet” was less than 20 feet from a home and firefighters had to work quickly to knock it down. Varnes said it was a “mad scramble” to make sure the blaze did not reach the house, but noted the wind was working in his crews’ favor, as it blew the fire “parallel to the home” rather than toward it.
A resident at this home reported the fire and the people living there had already evacuated by the time fire crews arrived, said Varnes.
Estimating that the fire covered about 15 to 20 acres, the chief said it took “a full hour to get [the fire] under control,” and another 45 minutes to make sure all the hot spots were extinguished. He noted about 12 to 15 acres were “significantly burned,” and another 3 to 4 acres had hot spots.
Working on a “swampy, marshy” terrain added to the difficulty of the work, Varnes said.
“It was a challenge all the way around,” the chief added.
When asked about a cause, Varnes said the police department issued a citation in connection with the fire, but referred further questions to the police department. A message left with the police department’s non-emergency number was not immediately returned.
Varnes said Valley, Twinsburg and Stow fire departments were called in to assist with battling the fire.
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