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Firefighters tackle Monday morning fire

POSTED: February 12, 2014 10:00 a.m.
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A Bryan County firefighter douses with water Monday a logging tractor engulfed in flames off Belfast Keller Road in Richmond Hill. No injuries were reported in the incident.

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Bryan County firefighters responded Monday morning to a wooded area off Belfast Keller Road in Richmond Hill after some logging equipment caught fire.

When they arrived at the scene, firefighters found a tractor used for logging engulfed in flames. The equipment was not near any structures and was near the dirt road where it had been cutting trees, said Bryan County Emergency Services Chief Freddy Howell.

“The operator of the equipment reported smoke coming from the engine area and, upon investigating, found the unit to be on fire,” he said. “He attempted to put the fire out with several fire extinguishers, but was able to escape without injury.”

Howell said the cause of the fire and loss of the equipment is not currently known, though there were no injuries reported.

It took just over 30 minutes of the department being on the scene to extinguish the fire, he said.

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