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Westport Fire Department Snuffs Brush Fire Sunday

This story has been updated to include more information from Westport fire officials.

WESTPORT, Conn. – A brush fire that began in the backyard of a Westport residence was extinguished Sunday afternoon, fire officials said. The blaze caused police to stop traffic around 2 p.m. on Bayberry Lane in Westport before being cleared up after roughly one hour.

The Westport Fire Department has yet to determine the cause of the quarter-acre brush fire that began in the backyard of a home at 4 Butternut Lane, according to Assistant Chief William Dingee.

Dingee said it took three tankers and nine firefighters more than an hour to put out the flames.  All the water on the three trucks was used, he said, and officers requested for Westport Police to close part of Bayberry in order for the tankers to access a nearby hydrant.

“It’s the first brush fire I’ve had in a while,” Dingee said, naming the dry and windy conditions as part of the reason the fire occurred. “The conditions are a concern of ours.”

The fire department requests that residents “be extra careful when outside” to make sure that there are no open flames, properly put out cigarettes and to be alert.

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