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The Times
  • Glass piece believed to have caused fire in German Flatts

  • On late Sunday afternoon, the Mohawk Volunteer Fire Department responded to a pallet fire at 3564 State Route 168 in the town of German Flatts.

    The department arrived on scene around 5:30 p.m., shortly after receiving the call, fire Chief Randy Hunt said during a telephone interview on Monday afternoon.

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  • On late Sunday afternoon, the Mohawk Volunteer Fire Department responded to a pallet fire at 3564 State Route 168 in the town of German Flatts.
    The department arrived on scene around 5:30 p.m., shortly after receiving the call, fire Chief Randy Hunt said during a telephone interview on Monday afternoon.
    Firefighters arrived at the residence to find a stack of pallets in flames on the side of the yard.
    Hunt said while the cause of the fire was still under investigation Monday, the members of the department is positive they know what started the blaze.
    “We’re pretty sure the fire was caused by a piece of glass that was exposed to sunlight,” he said.
    During the fire, The Mohawk Volunteer Fire Department called the East Herkimer Volunteer Fire Department for assistance. Four Mohawk fire engines were on scene, including a rescue engine, two manpower engines and a pumper, and a tanker engine from East Herkimer.
    Hunt said firefighters were concerned the fire would spread. “The fire was headed in the direction of a nearby hill, but we were able to put out the fire before it spread any further,” he said.
    Hunt said the fire was brought under control a few minutes after 6 p.m.
    No injuries were reported.
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