Cause of TOSH grass fire unknown

Nancy MacPhee
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SUMMERSIDE — The cause of a fire that ignited a field near Three Oaks Senior High School Monday afternoon is not known and likely won’t be, said Summerside’s fire Chief Jim Peters.

The fire call came in just after 3 p.m. — around the same time classes had ended at the day at the nearby high school.

When firefighters had arrived on scene, the fire, which was located in a field on the Three Oaks property just behind the city’s garage on Ottawa Street and close to the sports fields, had spread east across the field and toward the school. Flames, at times, were more than eight feet high.

Due to the proximity of the fire, which was far from city hydrants, there was a problem getting water to the area. Long lines of hose had to be dragged across the field from fire trucks parked off of Ottawa Street to the burning field.

Two pumpers, a ladder truck and rescue truck responded and 35 firefighters were on the scene of the fire.

Peters said with the high winds on Monday afternoon there was the fear the fire could spread to a nearby stand of spruce trees.

Luckily, firefighters were able to knock the fire down within minutes and physically knock out hot spots with shovels and brooms.

Peters did say he was surprised with just how dry the ground was in the area, adding the fire could have been much worse.

No one was hurt.

The fire chief said there is no logical reason why the fire would have started and would not speculate on a cause.

“I have my suspicions,” added Peters.

Geographic location: Ottawa Street

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Recent comments

  • Alumuni
    November 27, 2012 - 12:14

    It seems as though there would have been gasoline spread on the field.. can it really travel that fast, with the flames going that high? Obviously Three Oaks needs to connect more with their students.

  • K.C.
    November 27, 2012 - 08:50

    Yes there is. And it takes place right on Three Oaks' property. I guess school these days is used to slack off rather then to learn.

  • Resident
    November 26, 2012 - 20:31

    Congrats on the video!!!! Good to see the journal getting more media options!!!

  • K.C.
    November 26, 2012 - 18:59

    No logical reason? It's pretty obvious... People are so careless these days.

    • True Islander
      November 27, 2012 - 07:21

      I have heard, as many parents with children attending TOSH have heard, there is a structure/tent setup in that general area. This homemade structure was put there and utilized for drug usage. There are students who meet there regularily to buy/sell/use drugs. Not sure who owns the land ... would love to find out.