The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Police/Courts

March 20, 2013

Maxwelton brush fire scorches 40 acres

Authorities are still investigating the cause of a brush fire that burned 40 acres of land and destroyed a barn in Greenbrier County Tuesday evening.

Lewisburg Fire Chief Wayne Pennington said the department received the call about the brush fire along Brink Road at Maxwelton at about 6 p.m. Six other fire departments were also called to the scene and it took 36 fire fighters approximately two hours to contain the open field fire, Pennington said.

High winds with gusts up 50 miles per hour caused the fire to spread and create to 25-foot horizontal flames, he said.

Residential homes were threatened during the blaze, but the only structure destroyed was a pole barn estimated to be worth $12,500, Pennington explained.

The 40 acres that were burned belong to three different property owners and the West Virginia Division of Forestry will assist with the cause investigation, Pennington said.

No one was injured during the fire.

— Carra Higgins

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