WESTFIELD, NJ — The Raritan Valley Line’s train #5127 was delayed as firefighters in Westfield and Scotch Plains extinguished a small brush fire that twice ignited along the tracks Monday afternoon, authorities said.
The fire delayed the train’s 3:12 p.m. arrival in Raritan by “up to 20 minutes,” NJ Transit said in an advisory.
Firefighters from Westfield and Scotch Plains responded to the 2300 block of South Avenue at 12:46 p.m. on a report of smoke, and extinguished the blaze within 15 minutes, Deputy Chief Skip Paal, of the Scotch Plains Fire Department said.
Then, at 2:15 p.m. firefighters returned on a report that the fire reignited about 25 feet from the site of the first blaze, Paal told TAPinto.
“It was in the same general area,” Paal said. “It rekindled. Our best guess is that maybe an ember had blown over.”
Firefighters also extinguished the second blaze within 15 minutes, he said. Nobody was injured, Paal said. Dry weather is likely to blame for the small fire, he said.
“The humidity is very low,” Paal said. “They’re experiencing brush fires throughout the state today.”
The New Jersey Forest Fire Service listed the fire danger as “high” in Northern New Jersey and “moderate” in Central New Jersey for Monday.
TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood editor John Mooney contributed to this article.
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