Canton Volunteer Firefighters Respond to Brush Fire on Robin Drive: Residents Assist in Keeping Area Safe Until Fire Crews Arrive

By | March 7, 2017

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Canton, CT March 5, 2017… Town of Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Department

responded to a dispatch for a large brush fire behind a residence at 148 Robin Drive

at 1:20pm Sunday afternoon.

Upon arrival, Canton fire crews on: Engines 1 and 3, Tanker 7, Squad 5 and Canton’s

Ambulance found a 100 x 200 fire quickly spreading up a hill, towards a shed by a

residence. Neighbors used rakes and other tools to keep dry leaves/brush away

from the area until fire crews arrived.

Department Chief Craig Robbins: “These efforts by the neighbors kept the fire from

extending further.”

Because there are no hydrants north of Route 44, firefighters also drafted water

from a nearby pond to suppress the brush fire. Approximately 6,000 gallons of

water were required to fully extinguish the fire.

While the brush fire was under control in about 20 minutes, fire crews remained on

scene for an addition 90 minutes to cut down two trees that were compromised by

the fire and to extinguish any addition and potential hot spots on the property.