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February 24, 2012

Blaze extinguished

NORMAN — At least nine fire departments responded to a 14-acre fire Thursday afternoon in a wooded area of Tribbey.

Deputy Fire Chief Jim Bailey, of the Norman Fire Department, said the first responder arrived on the scene, at Slaughterville Road and Dutton Road, at about 4 p.m. After two and half hours of work from 31 firefighters, the flames were extinguished.

Bailey said the fire started after flames from ignited roadside rubbish spread. Some residents frequently use the rural location as a place to set trash on fire.

He said firefighters could not use water hoses to fight the flames due to thick woods that separated the firetrucks from the scene. Responders had to rely on hand tools to extinguish the blaze.

Bailey said the fire resulted in damage to foliage only. No injuries or property damage was reported.

Joel Pruett 366-3540 jpruett@normantranscript.com

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