The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


September 25, 2012

Firefighters squelch burning trash

POTTS GROVE — A trash fire set in an open, dilapidated stone structure on the Montour-Northumberland County line shot out of control Tuesday, forcing volunteers from several fire companies to respond to extinguish the blaze.

“Luckily, our fire station is only about two minutes away,” said a relieved Brian Messersmith, Potts Grove fire chief.

He said the first call came in at 2 p.m.

“I don’t know the address here,” he said. “But as soon as I heard it was on the county line, I headed to this location.”

Messersmith said the fire got out of control and burned some of the surrounding brush. The stone structure is near a cornfield, about 100 yards off Route 642 in Liberty Township.

The fire was extinguished within a half-hour. The property owner’s name was not available.

Assisting the Potts Grove Fire Company were fire and rescue personnel from Liberty Township, Mahoning Township, Milton and Lewisburg.

Messersmith said no one was injured in the blaze.

Traffic on Route 642 was reduced to one lane during the fire fight.

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