Hot embers spark brush fire in Essex

Published: May. 30, 2023 at 11:50 PM EDT
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ESSEX, Vt. (WCAX) - Multiple crews battled a wildfire in Essex Tuesday that burned nearly three acres.

It happened on Weed Road off Route 15. Officials say seven departments battled the blaze on private property for about 3.5 hours. They say the spot below an embankment is an old stump dump and that people who threw smoldering embers from a campfire ignited the blaze.

Officials say the fire was burning underground and they don’t know if it was completely put out.

One car was totaled and one person was taken to the hospital for observation.