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Arson Suspected In Clarksburg Fire

By Susan Bush
12:00AM / Sunday, June 18, 2006

Clarksburg - About one dozen town volunteer firefighters were called to Middle Road during the June 18 Father's Day afternoon after a field that was being cut and baled as hay erupted into flames.

Firefighters garbed in heavy protective clothing fought the blaze as temperatures exceeded 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Once at the scene, firefighters were able to quickly bring the blaze under control and then extinguish the flames, said town fire Chief Carlyle Chesbro Jr.. The field is located to the right of an area known as "the four corners," also known as the West Cross Road/Middle Road intersection. Slightly less than one-quarter of an acre was scorched by the flames, Chesbro said.

There were no injuries reported at the fire scene, and the hay baling resumed once the fire was out.

Several witnesses reported seeing two adolescent male youths enter the field before any flames or smoke were evident and then run from the site after smoke and flames were visible, according to town police Chief Michael Williams and Chesbro.

Witnesses were able to describe the youths and the fire is being investigated as a possible arson, Williams and Chesbro said.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to contact Williams at 413-663-7795.

Susan Bush may be reached via e-mail at suebush@iberkshires.com or at 802-823-9367.
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