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Glenville blaze near Indian Kill fought on foot

The Daily Gazette, April 1st, 2006


GLENVILLE - Three fire companies Friday night battled a brush fire that scorched a wooded area at the end of Witbeck Drive near the Indian Kill Nature Preserve.

No one was injured and no homes were in danger or damaged, said East Glenville Fire Capt. Mike Venditti

He was not sure how the fire started or how big it became, but it was brought under control within an hour of it being called in at 8 p.m.

"The fire was in a small area of the woods," he said.  The area is between Route 50 and Hetcheltown Road, and includes the ravine of the Indian Kill, which is underdeveloped and has brushy areas.

In addition to East Glenville, Thomas Corners and Alplaus provided mutual aid, Venditti said.  The other departments were called because of the area's seclusion.  "We can't get to it with trucks," he said.

Firefighters had to go in with water packs on their backs, a labor-intensive operation, he said.