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Hot times: Seven calls in 4 days

Flames were shooting out of this SUV’s wheel wells when the Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department (MVFD) arrived on Monday, July 17, near Christchurch. It was the seventh call in four days for the MVFD. Above, Lt. R.J. Matte (left) and Capt. Dustin Harcum of the MVFD douse the blaze. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

by Tom Chillemi

It’s been hot recently for the Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department (MVFD). Starting on Friday, July 14, firefighters responded to seven calls in four days, said a MVFD spokesman.

On Friday morning the MVFD responded to a single-vehicle crash on Old Virginia Street near Remlik.

Also on Friday, a tractor-trailer lost a tire casing on Route 17, which caught the median grass on fire.

That evening, the MVFD responded to a smoke alarm call. There was no problem.

On Saturday, firefighters responded to an out-building fire off Route 33 in the Locust Hill area. The Hartfield Volunteer Fire Department also responded.

Also on Saturday, a pick-up truck overturned in the Route 17 median near Warner.

On Sunday, a downed power line ignited a brush fire near the intersection of Zion Branch Road and Route 17.

Around noon on Monday, firefighters found 4-foot flames shooting from a SUV’s front wheel wells when they arrived at an address near Christchurch. The most damage was in the engine compartment. The fire spread to the interior. The vehicle appeared to be a total loss. 

posted 07.19.2017

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