Firefighters battle Flanders brush fire for two hours

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04/11/2015 5:13 PM |
A Hampton Bays firetruck on the scene of Saturday's brush fire. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

A Hampton Bays firetruck on the scene of Saturday’s brush fire. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Firefighters battled a brush fire approximately nine acres wide for nearly two hours Saturday afternoon in Flanders, according to Flanders Fire Chief Joe Joe Pettit.

No injuries were reported and firefighters had the fire under control by around 4:45 p.m.

The fire occurred in parkland near Williams Way, which is a private road located off of Route 24.

A Suffolk Police helicopter assisted by directing firefighters on the ground, Chief Joe Pettit said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Chief Joe Pettit said, adding the call came in around 3 p.m.

Firefighters from several departments — including Riverhead, Quogue, East Quogue, Westhampton, Hampton Bays and Southampton — responded to the scene, including the Flanders Northampton Volunteer Ambulance, and Suffolk County police aviation.

A brush truck from the Flanders Fire Department got stuck during the fire on dead wood, Chief Joe Pettit said. A Westhampton truck broke its brake line, he added.

Chief Joe Pettit said dead wood on the ground has been a complaint from the fire departments for several years.

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Firefighters from East Quogue respond to the scene. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Firefighters from East Quogue respond to the scene. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

A Suffolk Police helicopter assisted firefighters from the air. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

A Suffolk Police helicopter assisted firefighters from the air. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

 

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