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Monday night brush fire chars 3 acres in Belmont

BELMONT — Firefighters from five communities spent two hours Monday evening extinguishing a suspicious fast-moving brush fire that charred slightly over three acres of land behind Weeks Farm on Depot Street.

Chief Dave Parenti said the fire was reported at 6:18 p.m. and initially crews from Belmont tried to tackle it alone by cutting it off from behind.

Parenti said the wind shifted from north to south and the fire began burning back toward firefighters. He said the team was able to get out of the way but lost 800 feet of fire hose when the flames shifted.

He said after the wind shift, the fire jumped a creek and began burning uphill toward the Brookside Mobile Home Park. The command lieutenant called a first alarm that brought forestry crews from Laconia, Gilford, Tilton-Northfield, and Gilmanton for station coverage.

A short time later, Gilmanton crews were assigned to the fire on the Brookside end of it and Sanbornton crews came to Belmont for station coverage.

Parenti said it took about two hours to extinguish the fire and put out the hot spots. He said the Belmont Police are helping the Fire Department investigate the cause of the fire.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Belmont Police at 267-8350 or the Belmont Fire Department at 267-8333.