Absence of wind helps contain excavator fire

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How an excavator caught on fire when it was running remains a mystery.

Firefighters from Greenfield and North Queens were called to the fire in LaBelle, Queens County, on August 21.

Greenfield Fire Chief Moyal Conrad said the fire call came in just after 2 p.m., and firefighters subsequently found the excavator burning in a sandpit on Molega Lake Road.

“We arrived on scene and it was back in the pit quite aways,” he reported. “The boys laid about 243 metres of high-volume hose to reach it.”

The excavator was running when it caught on fire, but how the fire started is undetermined, according to Conrad.

There were no injuries however the machine was a total loss.

“The good thing about it is that there was no wind that day, everything was going straight up,” said Conrad. “If there would have been wind, we would have been dealing with a forest fire. It was right near some trees.”

The fire crews were at the scene for about two hours.

Kevin McBain, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, LighthouseNOW Progress Bulletin

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