A brush fire quickly moved through a handful of Hemingway Avenue lots late Friday afternoon — destroying a garage and storage container before firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control.
Both the East Haven and the Branford firefighters worked together to knock down the fire, after the neighboring town's fire department respond to East Haven's mutal aid call
The fire, which began at about 4:15 p.m., appears to have started near the along Hemingway, Chief Douglas Jackson told East Haven Patch.
"They had a report initially that it might have been an accidental start," Jackson said. "It might have been a flare or something. But it was not malicious, it was an accident."
About 10 minutes later, s Engine 1 and responded to the scene to provide mutual aid; Branford Deputy Chief John Masci and Captain Rick Hart also responded.
Due to this spring's and today's heavy breeze, the fire moved quickly along the ground once it was sparked.
The fire, he reported, spread about half-mile along the narrow wetlands, which span about three-quarters of a mile along Hemingway Avenue.
The wetlands, mostly comprised of phragmites or marsh grass, are highly flammable said Jackson but added that they grow back even better afterwards.
"The wind was blowing this way coming out of the south, pushing it right along," Jackson said, motioning up Hemingway toward Dodge Avenue.
The brush fire quickly spread, heavily damaging a storage container behind , as well as a nearby garage of a private home.
"The storage container was completely gutted, it was fully involved," Jackson said.
From there, the fire moved on to a neighboring garage.
"The garage was heavily involved at the house next door," Jackson said. "And some other vehicles and things that were along the fence were melted — brand new jet skies and things like that... there was quite a bit of damage."
'Generally Under Control'
Although the fire moved fast, and did do quite a bit of damage to the structures along its path, shortly before 5 p.m., Jackson said the fire was now "generally under control."
"We have about another hour-and-a-half at the least to knock out all the hot spots," the chief said.
"But we have enough forces here that we can knock it out now," he said.
Additional photos and video will be posted later this evening.