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Firefighters douse Hooksett brush fire

By Melissa Proulx
Union Leader Correspondent

May 19. 2017 12:18AM
Crews from seven towns battle the brush fire along the railroad tracks in Hooksett on Thursday. (Melissa Proulx/Union Leader Correspondent)

HOOKSETT ­— Fire crews spent most of Thursday afternoon battling a two-alarm brush fire that spread along the railroad tracks near Dale Road.

The fire was reported by a resident of Dale Road and firefighters went to investigate the smoke in the area around 1:35 p.m.

“It’s almost directly behind (their house),” said Hooksett Assistant Fire Chief Steven Colburn.

A little over 30 minutes after arriving, a second alarm was struck to bring in more manpower. The fire was deemed under control about an hour after the initial call came in, officials said. More than an acre of land burned.

Other than heat, there were no real obstacles when it came to fighting the blaze, Colburn said. Crews were able to easily access the fire from a path at Donati Memorial Field on Main Street, and there was plenty of water available.

“We’re drawing out of the river,” Colburn said.

With the drought from last summer now ended, the Merrimack River is currently about 3 feet higher than usual.

The fire stayed on the side of the tracks closest to the river and did not come close to any homes.

In all, about 25 firefighters from Dunbarton, Auburn, Goffstown, Bow and Pembroke came to help with the brush fire.

The cause remains under investigation.

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