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4-alarm brush fire burns in West Roxbury

A firefighter worked Sunday to hose down the site of a brush fire that started Saturday.
A firefighter worked Sunday to hose down the site of a brush fire that started Saturday.(Boston Fire Department)

A brush fire in West Roxbury grew to four alarms and burned for most of Saturday night before being brought under control just before midnight, according to a Boston fire official.

Firefighters dug through several feet of brush in a wooded area near Roxbury Latin School, said Steve MacDonald, a department spokesman.

“Once you get to where the fire is, you have to literally pull the ground apart,” he said. “It just takes a lot of effort.”

Firefighters responded at about 5:19 p.m. to a report of a fire in the area of the school and the West Roxbury quarry, MacDonald said.

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There are no homes in the immediate area, and there were no injuries, he said.

The four alarms were sounded to bring additional crew members to the scene, MacDonald said.

“As for all brush fires, they’re very labor intensive because there are no roads in these woods, so the firefighters have to drag hundreds of feet of hose from the streets and the hydrants through the woods to get where it’s burning,” he said.


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