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April 4, 2013

Rowley shed fire ignites brush

ROWLEY — A seemingly burned-out pile of paper and blustery winds led a shed fire yesterday morning behind a Wethersfield Street house to begin spreading to nearby brush.

Rowley fire Chief James Broderick said the fire, which was reported by a neighbor around 9:20 a.m., began when embers from a fire pit just used to burn paper, blew on to a pile of wood stacked against the shed.

Firefighters were unable to save the small shed, which burned to the ground, but stopped the fire before spreading to the nearby bank of the Mill River.

“It really really didn’t get close to any other houses,” Broderick said.

According to Broderick, he had not authorized an outdoor burning permit for the homeowner, who lives at 395 Wethersfield St. Asked if the homeowner would be charged for an unauthorized burn, Broderick said he didn’t think so.

“This was rather a low-key event,” Broderick said.

Eight firefighters, manning three fire engines and a forestry truck, were able to quickly douse the flames. Additional time was spent making sure surrounding brush wouldn’t ignite. Ipswich firefighters covered the Rowley station during the call, which saw firefighters returning at around 11:30 a.m.

“It is important to realize that when you have any kind of open burning, you make sure it’s out before you leave it,” Broderick said.

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