Brush fire spreads across 130 acres

Published 4:39 pm Tuesday, April 5, 2011

SEDLEY—A Monday brush fire fueled by up to 40 mph winds spread across 130 acres in Franklin’s Black Creek area.

No one was hurt and no structures were damaged, said Keith Rose, chief for Sedley Volunteer Fire Department. It took more than 50 firefighters from eight departments over two hours to get the blaze under control.

Some farm equipment backed up against a patch of woods was damaged, and a firefighter from Courtland Volunteer Fire Department was taken to Southampton Memorial Hospital when he was overcome by smoke, Rose said. He did not want to name the firefighter; without a name, the hospital cannot give out the firefighter’s condition.

As of Tuesday morning, firefighters were still dealing with hotspots, Rose said.

Firefighters at 2:05 p.m. Monday were called for a brush fire on Cornith Road. When they arrived, about four to five acres was burning, Rose said.

“It was burning up to the backs of three homes at the time,” he said.

The only thing lost was a fence.

“We got it under control there and then it took off across the field,” Rose said. “The wind was terrible. There were places where I tried to walk around the field and I could hardly walk.”

He credited farmers and residents for helping fight the fire.

Fire departments responded from Ivor, Hunterdale, Franklin, Wakefield, Windsor, Courtland and Carrsville. The Virginia Department of Forestry also assisted.