Fire scorches crops in Boykins

Published 12:54 am Wednesday, November 5, 2008

BOYKINS — A downed power line started a small fire on cropland near Boykins on Monday afternoon.

According to firefighters who responded to the scene, the fire scorched about 100 square feet of peanuts and soybeans.

Danny Bolton, fire chief for the Boykins Volunteer Fire Department, said the fire started at about 1:30 p.m. at a farm on Fullers Mill Road, south of General Thomas Highway and west of Burnt Reed Road. The farm is just outside the town limits of Boykins.

Bolton said the farmer who owned the property had the fire largely extinguished by the time firefighters arrived on the scene. The farmer had used a shovel and dirt to put out the flames.

Afterwards, firefighters put water on the area “to cool everything down,” Bolton said. “It was a small fire.”

The Newsoms Volunteer Fire Department also responded to the fire.

Both Bolton and Larry Fowler, the chief for the Newsoms department, said the downed power line ran from a transformer to a house on the property. The scorched land was near the home’s driveway.

Bolton said workers from Dominion Virginia Power arrived on the scene about 45 minutes later to repair the line. The cause of the downed power line was undetermined.

“The wind was blowing really bad,” Bolton said, but he added that he didn’t know if that is what caused the power line to fall.