Barley Field Fire
Wednesday, June 24, 2020

At approximatley 3:30pm, Kent Center took several calls reporting a  fire on N. Little Creek Rd, north of town.  Some of the calls from passing motorists could only report a large fire in the field. Others reported the possibility of a combine or other farm equipment on fire.  Squad 54's Crew was already assisting Sta 46/Dover with an well involved vehicle fire on Scarbrough Rd between Route 1 and Route 13.  The above picture was taken by an IT specialist working at the firehouse as the station was being alerted.  Chief Bundek arrived and advised Kent Center of approximately five acres of a wind driven barley field fire spreading to the southeast. Command requested three additional brush trucks, which brought additional crews from Dover, Magnolia and Cheswold.  The video taken by Firefighter A. Strouse, from the rear parking lot of the firehouse shows how quickly the wind driven fire moved and potentially threatened multiple fire company assets as well as the nine residences along Bell Street.  A total of 75 acres were comsumed.  Crews from Leipsic, Dover, Magnolia and Cheswold battled the fire and Bowers/Sta 40 covered the district with Tanker 40. 

Barley field fire behind the firehouse


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