EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


May 8, 2014

Brush fires threaten homes

Neighbors thank firefighters for halting flames


“I came up the hill just to see how far in the woods the fire was,’’ he said. “It was just beginning to push behind the houses here. But the firefighters were already here and did a fantastic job, keeping the fire from spreading to any of the houses. It was great to see our tax dollars paying off.’’

Two fire engine crews from the Bradford section of Haverhill and from Plaistow, N.H., were hooked into a fire hydrant on Braewood Drive, pumping water through hoses extended into the woods to fight the brush fire. Braewood Drive connects with Sherwood Drive.

“When I came down about four hours ago, the fire was 1,000 yards from the houses,” said Firefighter Paul Baxter of the Bradford Fire Station.

“The neighborhood was filled with smoke,’’ he said. “You couldn’t really see the flames off in the distance. But there was a lot of smoke. I’m sure people in the neighborhood were concerned about their homes. We’ve been going nonstop, pumping about 500 gallons a minute.’’

As of 4:30 p.m., the brush fire was under control. Some firefighters who were working the brush fire were packing up and leaving the scene.

Reporter Mark E. Vogler contributed to this story.

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