Caernarvon firefighters KO woods blaze
Started by embers from controlled burn Caernarvon firefighters KO woods blaze BY RYAN ROBINSON, Staff Writer
An observant neighbor spotted a woods fire in northeastern Lancaster County on Friday morning, and firefighters extinguished it before any houses were endangered.
The neighbor reported the fire just after 12:30 a.m. behind homes in the 2300 block of Laurel Top Circle in Caernarvon Township, Caernarvon Fire Chief Dwayne Martin said.
"Almost two acres of woods were burning good when we got there," he said. "It wasn't real windy, so it wasn't spreading fast."
The fire spread underneath a 10-by-12-foot shed just 12 feet from a house, Martin said. A few other homes also were not far from the fire.
Firefighters cut the floor out of the shed to extinguish the fire there, he said. They established a fire line around the perimeter of the blaze so the flames wouldn't spread, then methodically extinguished the blaze.
Five brush trucks, three tankers and a fire engine were used to bring the fire under control in about an hour.
No one was injured, and thanks to the observant neighbor and the lack of wind, no property other than the shed was damaged, Martin said.
"If the shed had caught fire, it would have melted the siding on the house," he said.
The cause of the fire was a controlled burn, Martin said. Another neighbor had burned a small pile of trash and brush in the area Thursday evening.
"Some embers floated off into the woods and started the fire," he said.
Martin warned others to be careful in picking the right place for a controlled burn. "The top layer of leaves and stuff are dry," he said. "Be cautious of where they burn, that's it not in the woods."
Caernarvon Fire Company was assisted by Bowmansville, Fivepointville, Weaverland Valley and Twin Valley fire departments.