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Vienna VFD responds to illegal burn

The Vienna Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene of a brush fire off of Glendale road on Tuesday evening. (Photo by Jenna Pierson)

VIENNA — A brush fire quickly spun out of control on a property in Vienna on Tuesday evening.

The Vienna Volunteer Fire Department received a 911 call around 5 p.m. that large pillars of smoke could be seen close to Ohio Valley University and Rosemar Road in Vienna. However, that was not the location of the fire, according to Vienna Fire Chief Steve Scholl.

“We could see it but we weren’t quite sure how to find it at first,” Scholl said. “We didn’t figure it was a house fire because in that case we would have received more calls.”

The VFD soon discovered the fire, which was caused by brush burning and the burning of tires and vinyl house siding, was located off Glendale Road in Vienna, Scholl said.

Camden Clark Ambulance Services and the Wood County Sheriff’s Office were also dispatched to the scene. No injuries were reported.

Scholl said the owner had plans to build on the property and began to burn brush in addition to tires and vinyl house siding Tuesday. According to state fire laws and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, it is illegal to burn rubber products such as tires and the open burning of acceptable debris must be approved ahead of time.

Any charges that could be filed will be in the form of a citation or referral to the West Virginia Environmental Protection Agency or the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, according to Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens.

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