Busy weekend for firefighters
The Carbonear Volunteer Fire Department had a busy weekend, responding to three fire calls, all on Saturday April 18. They included two grass fires and a house fire. One of the grass fires occurred at Flat Rock, where “it appears the grass on the hills was deliberately set on fire,” according to a fire department spokesman.
Firefighter Keith Thomas said, “this proved to be a very stubborn fire requiring firefighters to pull hoses up over the hills a distance of 400 feet.”
The second grass fire took place outside a resi- dence in Carbonear.
According to the fire department spokesman, “the residence owner was burning garbage in a barrel when it caught the adjacent alders and grass on fire.”
Reminding residents, “the burning of grass at this time of year is very dangerous,” the fire department cautions, “it should not be done.”
Residents are also reminded that to burn anything they must have a valid permit from the town council. Anyone caught burning without such a permit can be charged and fined.
STUBBORN FIRE - Firefighters from the Carbonear Volunteer Fire Department battle a stubborn grass fire at Flat Rock. It was one of three fires they had to contend with over the weekend.