BIZARRE BRUSH FIRES BEWILDER FIREFIGHTERS

May 13, 2008

Broward Sheriff Firefighter Gonzalo Curbelo (left) and Driver/Engineer Jim Harkins douse a hot spot along U.S. 27 Monday.

Broward Sheriff Firefighter Gonzalo Curbelo (left) and Driver/Engineer Jim Harkins douse a hot spot along U.S. 27 Monday.

(Weston, FL) – Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue crews responded to a brush fire along U.S. 27 late Monday afternoon. When they arrived, they found a 50-yard square area next to the highway ablaze with a piece of a wood 2×4 burning in the center of the fire. They quickly extinguished the fire and were alerted to another brush fire a half  mile up the road. They extinguished that fire and once again found a burning 2×4 in the fire. Weston District Fire Chief John Frailey headed north on U.S. 27 and found a third brush fire on the side of the road, this time with a flatbed truck on fire. Apparently as the truck was northbound on the highway, the wood deck of the flatbed underneath the truck caught fire, unbeknownst to the driver. As he continued driving, the burning 2×4’s broke off, fell onto the grassy shoulder and started the fires. Fortunately, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue crews quickly extinguished all three fires and kept them from spreading. Said Chief Frailey, “With the dry conditions, we could have easily had a large brush fire, had our firefighters not acted quickly.”

Caption: Broward Sheriff Firefighter Gonzalo Curbelo (left) and Driver/Engineer Jim Harkins douse a hot spot along U.S. 27 Monday.

Photo by Mike Jachles/Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue

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