Quincy: Storm debris fuels extensive outdoor fire

An area approximately the size of four footballs fields burned in a fire in Quincy on Monday.

Crews got the call of fire in the marsh area behind the Quincy Department of Public Works building at 55 Sea Street around 12:30 p.m.

Quincy Deputy Fire Chief Paul Griffith says they don’t yet know what sparked the blaze– but it was fueled by debris from Tropical Storm Irene.

“All the tree limbs, and branches, and stuff that was brought in by the DPW was all piled up in the DPW yard. And somehow that got going, and the wind just took it,” said Griffith.

Griffith says this is the largest outdoor fire they’ve seen in several years.

The city brought in five engine companies, one ladder truck and two excavators to the scene. Griffith said Monday evening he expected crews would work late into Monday night fully putting out the fire. Weymouth and Boston provided mutual aid.

An investigation will be launched into the cause of the fire.

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