Fire departments quell brush fire on Bostwick Road

Firefighters used backpack water tanks to put out a fire that started on the train tracks off Bostwick Road
Firefighters used backpack water tanks to put out a fire that started on the train tracks off Bostwick Road

Fire departments from Shelburne, Charlotte, and Hinesburg, as well as Shelburne police responded on the evening of May 12 to a brush fire on the train tracks off Bostwick Road in Shelburne. Fire trucks, UTVs, and pickup trucks were dispatched to put out flames that the Shelburne Fire Department said were most likely caused by a train that had just passed through.

The brush fire, most likely started by a passing train, spread to piles of old railroad ties. Photos courtesy of Shelburne Fire Department
The brush fire, most likely started by a passing train, spread to piles of old railroad ties. Photos courtesy of Shelburne Fire Department

The Shelburne Fire Department said there were two fires blazing approximately 2000 feet from the closest road crossing when they arrived. Using hand tools, backpack water tanks, and a 4×4 that allowed them to get close to the fire, they were able to put out the brush fire that had spread to two piles of unused railroad ties.

Vermont Railway also supplied assistance on the scene, and the Shelburne Fire Department praised them for being “extremely helpful…[they] provided us quickly with the equipment required to get the job done.”

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