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Stonington – Pawcatuck firefighters equipped with backpack sprayers and tools trekked into the woods near the West Vine Street School on Tuesday to snuff out a fire that spanned about 5 acres of woodland.
Pawcatuck Fire Department Chief Tom Long said the fire was reported at about 6 p.m. by a resident on Liberty Street who reported heavy smoke in the woods.
Firefighters contained the fire to town-owned school property and was accessed from both the school and the St. Michael Cemetery, near the Pawcatuck River. The fire was burning toward Route 78. Long said the fire burned mostly underbrush and leaves and could have been much worse if the ground had been as dry as it was last week. The fire was put out within about an hour by about 20 volunteers.
Police were also notified since the cause is likely incendiary, accidental or intentionally set by someone.