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Firefighters battle stubborn fire in Evans

Firefighters from several neighboring departments assisted Evans Center Volunteer Fire Company firefighters in fighting a stubborn grass fire that spread to a shed and a woodpile on Dennis Road in Evans Saturday afternoon.

Evans Center Fire Assistant Chief Jim Kleese, the incident commander, said the fire broke out in the grass about 150 feet from an occupied home on the property and about 400 feet from the road. “We had a bit of a difficult time getting water to there, which we did with some tankers from Brant,” he said.

Firefighters from Lake Erie Beach, Highland Hose, North Evans and Eden assisted at the scene and on standby, and Brant provided tankers for water, he said.

The grass fire scorched the side of a very old small barn on the property, he said. But firefighters had more trouble with a woodpile near the shed, which had to be pulled apart and drenched with both water and foam.

“It took a lot of time and lot of men to do that,” said Kleese, who added that firefighters were on scene for several hours.