By Chance Hoenerchoener
Pittsburg Morning Sun – February 16, 2017
Three grass fires ignited in close vicinity on the west side of Pittsburg Wednesday.
At approximately 2 p.m. The Pittsburg Fire Department responded to two grass fires, one near the intersection of Catalpa and Jefferson streets, and one near the intersection of Catalpa and Washington streets, according to Fire Chief Mike Simons.
The cause of the fires are still under investigation, and it is not known if they are connected Simons said.
“It is extremely dry right now,” Simons said. “It doesn’t take much to get a grass fire started.”
Shortly after responding to the first two fires, PFD received a call about a grass fire near the intersection of Quincy and the U.S. Highway 69 Bypass. Both PFD and Baker Township Fire Department responded to the blaze. It is also still under investigation and the Pittsburg Police Department has been notified, according to Simons.
Simons said grass fires are common at this time.
“It is a very dangerous time of year with everything being so dry,” he said. “It can be started by something as innocent as a cigarette discarded from a vehicle.”
The fire at Catalpa and Jefferson streets approached a structure, but no major damage or injuries were reported.