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Hay Bales Catch Fire At Westport Construction Site

Westport firefighters extinguish a fire that started in a mound of hay bales Thursday afternoon at a construction site.
Westport firefighters extinguish a fire that started in a mound of hay bales Thursday afternoon at a construction site. Photo Credit: Contributed: Westport Fire Department
Westport firefighters check to make sure the hay fire is completely extinguished Thursday.
Westport firefighters check to make sure the hay fire is completely extinguished Thursday. Photo Credit: Contributed: Westport Fire Department

WESTPORT, Conn. – Westport firefighters doused a blaze that erupted Thursday in a mound of hay bales being used as a sound barrier between a Weston Road construction site and a neighboring home, fire officials said.

Firefighters were called to the site at 12:30 p.m. A spark from a power tool is believed to have started the fire, Assistant Fire Chief Larry Conklin said in a statement.

“The public is reminded to use extreme caution with the current low humidity and dry outside environmental conditions,” Conklin said in the statement. “Fires can start easily and spread quickly.”

The hay barrier contained about 100 to 150 bales, Conklin said. No injuries were reported.

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