Seven town departments respond to woods, tire fire

By Daniel Dunkle | Oct 05, 2017
Photo by: Daniel Dunkle Firefighters respond to a fire in a pile of debris and wood and tires along Payson Road in Union Oct. 4.

Union — Firefighters from seven towns responded to a woods, debris and tire fire Oct. 4 near the intersection of Payson Road and Short Street.

No one was injured in the blaze, but the fire caused heavy smoke that drifted through the scenic rural neighborhood Wednesday.

The fire was on property belonging to Richard Morgan. It started as a permitted burn as he was burning some brush on the property.

Due to the dry conditions, the fire was able to travel underground along the root system of an old tree and pop up in another location, according to Assistant Fire Chief Jesse Thompson. It set fire to piles of debris, tires and Morgan's winter wood pile.

A resident who was driving toward his home just down the road at about 12:30 p.m. said he heard a loud "Ka-boom!" and saw bright flames at the site.

Firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze and keep it from spreading to the woods and buildings in the area.

Firefighters from Union, Hope, Washington, Warren, Appleton, Waldoboro and Rockport were at the scene.

A tire burns in Union Oct. 4. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Fire engines line Payson Road in Union Oct. 4. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Firefighters work at the scene of a fire Oct. 4 in Union. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Comments (1)
Posted by: Dale Hayward | Oct 04, 2017 17:47

Go ahead, say it, looks like my property on North Main. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Good for a laugh. Get over it.

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