WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - A stretch of Furnace Dock Road was closed temporarily on Thursday, when downed power lines led to a fast-moving brush fire in Cortlandt Manor.
Shortly before 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, members of the Mohegan Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to Furnace Dock Road, where downed primary wires were on the street and a small brush fire had broken out.
Due to strong winds and dry leaves, the brush fire spread to become several hundred feet, expanding down a hillside toward a commercial warehouse and medical facility, officials said. Firefighters contacted Con Edison and got to work using hand rakes and hand tools around the perimeter of the blaze to contain it.
Con Edison arrived at the scene shortly thereafter, and de-energized the power line. Firefighters quickly were able to knock the fire down, though not before a fire hydrant failed and they had to utilize one 700 feet away. Firefighters then worked on extinguishing several flares and hot spots and soaked the nearby brush to ensure any additional embers posed no threat.
While fire crews went to work, the Westchester County Police assisted at the scene, closing down Furnace Dock Road between Croton Avenue and Gilman Lane. The scene was cleared before 3:15 p.m. No injuries were reported.