Topsfield Baseball Field Fire Sparks From Model Rocket, Officials Say

Photo: Courtesy of the Topsfield Fire Department

TOPSFIELD, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — On Wednesday, the Topsfield Fire Department responded to a fast-spreading grass fire on the athletics fields at Pye Brook Park.

The TFD says the reporting party told firefighters that his family was firing off model rockets when an accident occurred, and a brush fire sparked. Because Topsfield's two-man on-duty crew of fire personnel were already responding to a medical aid call on Boston Street, on call firefighters responded from their homes to extinguish the flames.

Officials classified the blaze as a first alarm, though the flames were spreading quick and with the sun beating down on crews, and rapid rotations were necessary.

In order to stop the spread, TFD worked with the Boxford Fire Department to protect outbuildings, baseball dugouts, and the nearby woods. Because of the lack of pressurized water in the area of Pye Brook Park, BFD's tanker had to supply water to quell the flames.

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Overall, officials say the unintentionally started fire spread two acres across the park. No injuries were reported, though photos the TFD shared shows the field in a blackened state, full of dead grass and scorch marks.

TFD advises that because of the dry conditions and ongoing drought designation for the state, residents use caution with activities like smoking, cooking, campfires, and in this case, firing off model rockets, are more likely to start a fire.

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