[Updated] Multiple Bermuda Fire Service vehicles responded to a brush fire at the Riddell’s Bay Golf & Country Club tonight [Mar. 8].
Bystanders — some snapping pictures on their mobile phones – looked on as a wall of fire consumed scrub on the golf course, with flames leaping more than 20 feet in the air and thick clouds of smoke billowing over Warwick.
Fire fighters were able to control the brush fire before it could threaten any homes or other structures adjoining Bermuda’s oldest golf course, which opened in 1922. Fire fighters doused the fire with hoses coming from multiple angles, at times causing massive plumes of smoke.
It appeared that no one was injured, and the cause of the fire is unknown at this time. We will update with official information as able.
Update March 9: The Bermuda Fire Service said that it took firefighters approximately 5 hours and over 3,000 gallons of water to extinguish the brush fire. Officials said the cause of fire is unknown, but is not believed to be suspicious in nature. They received the 911 call at 7:52pm, and the Fire Service responded with 6 fire appliances, 2 support vehicles and 20 personnel as it was reported as an extremely large area of brush on fire.
A Fire Service spokesperson said, “First responding vehicle arrived on scene just past 8pm to find an area approximately 150’ x 200’ of horticulture waste fully engulfed in flames. Due to the size of the pile and the fact that the fire was deep seated, it took firefighters approximately 5 hours and over 3,000 gallons of water to extinguish the blaze. At the moment the cause of the fire is unknown but is not believed to be suspicious in nature.”
Update #2: This morning the pile is still pouring smoke, the photos below were taken at approximately 9am. You can view a full slideshow of the area this morning here.
Update #3: A Police spokesman said, “Around 7:55pm on Tuesday, Police responded to a report of a fire in the Riddell’s Bay Road, Warwick area. The Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service also attended the scene and eventually extinguished the brush fire. Police officers assisted with crowd control as several members of the public were at the location observing the incident. There was no damage to surrounding property and no reported injuries. At this time the cause of the fire is unknown.”
Update #4: As of 6am, Thursday, March 10 – the pile was still pouring smoke, however a lot less then yesterday
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