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Wrecking yard burns, Leighs Bay Road homes threatened

A grass fire at the top of Leighs Bay Road spread to an auto wrecking yard Monday night, burning 20 to 30 vehicles, fire officials tell SooToday.com. The fire started around 4 p.m.
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A grass fire at the top of Leighs Bay Road spread to an auto wrecking yard Monday night, burning 20 to 30 vehicles, fire officials tell SooToday.com.

The fire started around 4 p.m. from an as-yet-undetermined cause, and was driven by high winds into the wrecking yard (shown).

Firefighters didn't leave the yard until around 8 p.m.

The flames got to within approximately 100 yards of a small cluster of houses on Leighs Bay Road, but there was no damage to structures, firefighters said.

The fire was one of several wind-affected blazes that kept the local fire department hopping for about four hours.

Trees fell on wires and caught fire on Brule Road, Maki Road, Gravelle Street and Case Road, and PUC crews responded to downed lines elsewhere in the City.

Brule Road was closed for part of Monday evening as the problem was rectified.

To see a photograph of Brule Road just before 7 p.m., please click here.






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