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Bangor grass fire burns nearly 100 acres

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BANGOR, Wis. (WXOW) - Firefighters battled a grass fire in the Bangor area Wednesday night.

The fire broke out around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday night near Sommers Road.

Bangor Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bob Rueckheim says the fire started in a ditch line in front of a house on the south side of Sommers Road before jumping across to the north side of the road. Rueckheim said the cause of the fire is still yet to be determined.

"People throw cigarettes out their window, but we don't know what started it. A car could've backfired, rust off a car, chains dragging, sparks on the road, any number of things could've caused it-this dry weather, I don't know at this time," Ruckheim said.

Rueckheim said when he saw the smoke from the fire he called for Mutual Aid. Nearly 100 firefighters from Holmen, West Salem, the Town of Farmington, Sparta and the DNR assisted.

The fire burned about 77 acres of land around one home. Rueckheim said the fire got as close as 50 feet to the home.

As of Thursday morning, firefighters from Bangor, Farmington and the DNR were still on scene putting out hot spots.

According to the Bangor Fire Chief, no injuries were reported and no loss of any buildings.


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