Station Burned by Grass Fire
Fire believed to have been caused by a spark from a
Delaware, Lackawanna and western railroad engine spread through tall
grass and destroyed the unused railroad station at Waterloo, Mt. Olive
township, Morris county, last Thursday afternoon.
The fire was first spotted from the Budd Lake tower
and was reported to J. Linn Lewis, Newton section fire warden. He hurried
to the scene, and with the assistance of District Fire Warden Frank
A, Kinney and two other men extinguished the fire just as it was spreading
to nearby wooded areas. The building, which was about 15 feet by 18,
could not be saved.
Lewis reported that there were seven small fires involving
about 20 acres in his section during the past week. Most were grass
fires, but three did slight damage in wooded sections. Most of the current
fires were caused by debris burning, Lewis reported and he urged extreme
care on the part of those who burn grass and brush on their properties.
He also warned against careless smoking in wooded areas.