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Firefighters contain woodland fire on island in Pushaw Lake

Crews spent six hours overnight fighting the flames
A woodlands fire engulfed an unnamed island in Pushaw Lake
A woodlands fire engulfed an unnamed island in Pushaw Lake(Lisa Marie Buckminster)
Published: Sep. 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM EDT
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GLENBURN, Maine (WABI) - The owner of a small, private island on Pushaw Lake admitted to improperly disposing materials, leading to a fire overnight. That’s according to officials with the Glenburn Fire Department.

About half of the unnamed island, which covers roughly three acres of the lake, was in flames when firefighters arrived around midnight on Tuesday. Glenburn used its boat to reach the island, then worked into the early morning hours to put the fire out.

The fire was contained to the island. However, in addition to woodland, it also damaged a camper and caused a number of nearby propane tanks to explode.

Crews from Hudson, Bradford, Corinth and Orono assisted with the incident.

The Maine Forest Service is investigating.

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