Area firefighters contend with four different New Year grass fires

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 14, 2004

WOODVILLE &045; Firefighters rang in the New Year by answering calls to four different grass fires in the Wilk-Amite area.

Officials said fireworks were suspected in at least three of the blazes.

Woodville Fire Chief Louis D’Aquila said a caller reported a fire at 6:23 p.m. on Wednesday at Evergreen Cemetery on Sligo Street in Woodville.

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&uot;That fire had burned itself out when we got there.

We didn’t even use any water or equipment on that one,&uot; D’Aquila said.

On Thursday at 10:05 a.m., Woodville firefighters responded to another grass fire on Mississippi 24 just west of Woodville.

D’Aquila said that fire was quickly contained with no major damage incurred.

D’Aquila said both of the Woodville fires were caused by fireworks.

Meanwhile, Centreville firefighters were called out twice Thursday afternoon to grass fires.

A caller reported a grass fire at 8981 Mississippi 24 East at 1:59 p.m.

Approximately two acres of grassland burned before firemen extinguished the blaze with shovels and water.

Centreville Fire Chief John Locke said he suspected that fire may have been caused by a spark from a chainsaw where a crew had been clearing right-of-way along a power line.

&uot;It appears to have smoldered for awhile there where they cut a dead tree down.

When the wind picked up today it probably fanned it,&uot; Locke said.

Locke said firemen had just returned their tanker truck to the Centreville Fire Station and filled out their reports when another grass fire was reported at 3:43 p.m. on Cemetery Road in Centreville.

Locke said the second fire was caused by fireworks, but no serious property damage resulted.