Brush fire scorches 4 acres in Somerset

Photo: Tim Garcia | WPRI 12
Photo: Tim Garcia | WPRI 12

SOMERSET, Mass. (WPRI) — Mutual aid was called to help battle a brush fire in Somerset Monday afternoon.

The fire was reported in the Brayton Point Road area. Someone called in and reported that they could smell smoke from nearby Home Depot.

After trying several access points, crews finally found the flames and realized they were spreading quickly.

“We went to three alarms basically just to get the manpower in there,” said Dep. Chief Paul Paquette of the Somerset Fire Department.

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Swansea and Rehoboth Fire Departments helped battle the flames from the ground. A Massachusetts State Police helicopter was also called to assist, using thermal technology to detect where the fire was spreading.

An Eyewitness News crew on scene reported seeing a fire engine and several other first responders in the parking lot of National Grid at 1250 Brayton Point Road. While there was no immediate sign of smoke or flames fire crews did confirm about four acres were burned. No one was hurt or impacted.

Eyewitness News Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca said there are no wind or fire advisories in effect. However, he said it’s been a very dry year and dead leaves on the ground could help fuel any fire that breaks out.

Paquette agreed.

“Once you get something that starts like that, especially with the tinder and combustibles, it’s very dry and will spread very fast.”

There’s no word yet on the cause of the fire.