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Fire­fight­ers from as far away as Eas­ton and Kent Is­land were called to a cat­tle farm in Queenstown Fri­day morn­ing to bat­tle a three­alarm hay fire that took more than two hours to bring un­der con­trol and sent eight peo­ple to the hos­pi­tal.

The eight peo­ple treated at Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal at Eas­ton ex­pe­ri­enced dizzi­ness, nau­sea and breath­ing prob­lems, due in part to a chem­i­cal ap­plied to the hay bales, ac­cord­ing to De­pouty Chief State Fire Mar­shal Al Ward.

The chem­i­cal, Bale-Fresh Hay Sta­bi­lizer, was used to pre­serve the large, round, one-ton hay bales. Forty per­cent of the chem­i­cal con­tains pro­pi­onic acid — a skin and eye ir­ri­tant. Iron­i­cally, it also was sup­posed to pre­vent the hay from catch­ing fire.

••• A year af­ter cit­i­zens met to try to es­tab­lish an his­toric district in Cen­tre­ville, a draft of an his­toric zon­ing or­di­nance has been pre­sented to the town coun­cil.

A com­mit­tee that took nearly a year to write the first

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