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Firefighters from nine towns help extinguish Farmington mulch pile

FARMINGTON — A large mulch pile that caught fire created problems on Chestnut Hill Road Sunday morning.

Police, firefighters and emergency personnel responded around 9:30 a.m. after the two-alarm fire was spotted at 282 Chestnut Hill Road.

Deputy Fire Chief Steve Johnson said the second alarm was sounded to bring additional manpower and water to the rural location.

Johnson said local firefighters were assisted by crews from Barnstead, Gilmanton, Middleton, Milton, New Durham, Rochester and Wakefield. He said firefighters from Wolfeboro provided station coverage.
“There was extensive fire throughout the pile,” Johnson said, adding the blaze began within the mound, which naturally creates its own heat through time and pressure.

“There’s really nothing that could be done,” Johnson said.
Johnson said the fire did not spread to any structures or cause any injuries.

“It’s my understanding they can reprocess it and reuse it,” Johnson said.

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