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Brush fire torches 14 acres of land and threatens nearby homes

CORNING, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - A fast-moving brush fire torched 14 acres of land and threatened nearby homes in Corning on Monday. 

Around 1:30 p.m. Monday afternoon, fire officials say a broken insulator on an electrical line caused the line to fall into a field just west of the Corning Guthrie Hospital. 

East Corning Fire Chief Mike Brenning tells 18 News that the dry conditions allowed the power line to ignite the ground and cause the fire to spread rapidly. 

A dozen fire departments were dispatched throughout the area and fought the blaze for several hours as it approached homes surrounding the area. 

The fire burned a total of 14 acres of land and caused minor damages to a home on Theresa Drive. 

At the time, there was some concern the fire could also spread to a nearby natural gas well pad.

No one was hurt while fighting the fire. 


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