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Saturday, July 11 Local

Fairfield brush fire delays Metro North NYC bound trains, injures three firefighters

FAIRFIELD - A brush fire that quickly intensified and spread across a large marsh area near the Fairfield station forced Metro North to suspend all train service for nearly two hours Sunday night.

As the fire spread across a grassy, marsh between Chestnut Street and Grasmere Avenue additional help was called from Bridgeport and Norwalk.

Seven engine companies, three ladder trucks and a rescue squad battled the stubborn blaze from three different locations before bringing it under control just before 10:30 p.m. Three firefighters suffered minor injuries during the fire.

Aaron Donovan, a Metro North spokesman said the railroad was alerted of the fire at 9:15 p.m. and shut down all service on the New Haven and New York bound lines..

Metro-North service was restored after 11 p.m. Sunday, but there were delays of up to 45 minutes past midnight.

The fire was called it just before 9 p.m. by a Chestnut Street resident.

Assistant Fire Chief Erik Kalapir had units attack the blaze as well as protect homes on Chestnut Street as the fire spread in intensity.

As the fire fight continued the departments in Stratfield, Southport and Westport were called to provide emergency assistance should another emergency happen.

Residents told investigators they heard fireworks exploding moments before seeing the flames.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing, said Robert Smith Jr., a Fairfield fire department spokesman..

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