Busy week­end for fire­fight­ers

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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.

Photo cour­tesy of Keith Thomas

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.

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