Sunday, August 19, 2012
In the early morning of July 7 the Hamlin Fire Department was called to a fire in a straw field at the corner of Westfall Road and North Hamlin Road. The weather had been very dry for many weeks and the wind was fairly strong so the blaze took off very quickly. Hamlin responded with Grassfire Jeep 247, Tanker 246 and Engine 242. Due to the size of the fire, Hilton was also called to the scene with their Grassfire truck 267.
Grassfire Jeep 247 with a crew of firefighter Mike Broskin and firefighter John Deserto worked along the flank of the fire. Capt. Joe Burke brought Tanker 246 out into the field to refill the trucks. Engine 242 hooked up to the hydrant and used the deck gun to get some fire that was close to the corner.
It took approximately 20 minutes to control the blaze and both the Hamlin and Hilton Grassfire trucks needed to be refilled from the tanker several times. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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Story by John Deserto
Photo’s by Jerry Clement