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Gibson County Brush Fire

By 7 Eyewitness News Staff
By news@wbbjtv.com

Trenton, Tenn. - A fire in Gibson County charred several acres of farm land and sent flames shooting as high at 30 feet into the air, Tuesday evening.

According to Gibson County Fire Chief Bryan Cathey, the grass fire burned 12 acres along Highway 186 and County Farm Road south of Trenton. Two firefighters were sent to the hospital after battling the blaze.

Property owners said they actually started the fire to try and kill off some grass. The fire quickly spread to a nearby tool shed and stacks of wooden pallets before it got to the trees, woods and farm land nearby.

“Once it got into the woods, we couldn't get the equipment in,” said Chief Cathey. “We had to drag hand lines in and flappers.”

Firefighters also had to battle the temperatures while fighting the fire.

“It's very hard with the turn out gear that they have to wear to protect them is extremely hot. The heat with the fire and the pallets; they couldn't get anywhere near it due to the excessive heat,” added Cathey.

Eight firefighters were treated for heat related issues. Two were taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital but are expected to fully recover. Another firefighter suffered a badly sprained ankle.