Grass fire burns 20 acres in Oaklalnd Park

benw@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 14, 2014 

Firefighters used shovels and pine tops to battle a threatening grass fire in Oakland Park Friday after it ignited behind houses on Luckie Street, a fire official said.

Homes near the 2800 block of Luckie Street and others nearby were threatened by the fire that burned about 20 acres in a field before it was under control, said Battalion Chief Keith Watson of the Columbus Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services. After about two hours on the scene, firefighters had the fire under control by 7:30 p.m.

Watson said the fire created problems for firefighters because the field was too wet for fire trucks. “A fire truck wouldn’t have gone 10 feet in there,” he said. About a dozen firefighters used shovels and pine tops to knock down the fire.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

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