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June 30, 2022 – One of several scorched patches following a brush fire along Route 2 westbound between Route 12 and Route 13. A firefighter continues to use a hose in the area after the bulk of the fire had been knocked down. (Julia Malakie/Sentinel & Enterprise)
June 30, 2022 – One of several scorched patches following a brush fire along Route 2 westbound between Route 12 and Route 13. A firefighter continues to use a hose in the area after the bulk of the fire had been knocked down. (Julia Malakie/Sentinel & Enterprise)
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LEOMINSTER — Firefighters were called to battle a brush fire that was reported along Route 2 late Thursday afternoon.

Leominster Deputy Fire Chief Scott Cordio said no one was injured during the blaze that burned up a strip of land about a mile long.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

June 30, 2022 - One of several scorched patches following a brush fire along Route 2 westbound between Route 12 and Route 13. (Julia Malakie/Sentinel & Enterprise)
June 30, 2022 – One of several scorched patches following a brush fire along Route 2 westbound between Route 12 and Route 13. (Julia Malakie/Sentinel & Enterprise)

Reports of the brush fire on the hill along the westbound side of Route 2 came in an emergency radio broadcast shortly after 3:30 p.m. The fire stretched between mile marker 99 and 100.

Cordio said the flames impinged on a few homes, including those on the nearby Colbert Street, but firefighters were able to stop the blaze short.

“We actually knocked the fire away from the houses pretty quick, so there were no evacuations,” Cordio said.

As firefighters battled the blaze, State Police shut down one of the two lanes of travel on Route 2, causing some traffic delays.

Cordio said the blaze was under control within the first two hours, but firefighters remained on scene for some time to subdue hot spots. He estimated that about 2 acres of land were burned.

Several agencies provided mutual aid, including fire departments from Lunenburg, Fitchburg, Ayer and Shirley.

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