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Roads reopened after New Windsor tractor fire controlled by fire companies, hazmat

Fire companies and a hazmat unit respond to the area of Hawks Mill Road and Hoke Road after a tractor caught fire and its fuel cell ruptured, spilling fuel.
Fire companies and a hazmat unit respond to the area of Hawks Mill Road and Hoke Road after a tractor caught fire and its fuel cell ruptured, spilling fuel. (Courtesy Photo)

A fire in the area of Hawks Hill Road and Hoke Road in New Windsor brought emergency personnel and a hazardous materials unit after a tractor caught fire and a fuel cell ruptured, spilling fuel.

Byron Welker, spokesman for the New Windsor Volunteer Fire Company, was on-scene just after noon Wednesday and said no injuries had been reported. The fire was put out, but crews remained on scene to continue cleanup.

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The first call came at 11:30 a.m. and Welker said arriving units saw that the tractor fire had begun to extend to a neighboring building. The fire was controlled in approximately 20 minutes and the cause is believed to have been accidental.

New Windsor was joined by units from Union Bridge, Westminster and Libertytown from Frederick County.

A hazmat unit from the Maryland Department of the Environment responded in order to control the fuel running out from the ruptured fuel cell in the tractor, Welker said.

Portions of Hawks Hill Road and Hoke Road were closed during the afternoon to allow emergency crews to continue working in the area but they reopened about 12:50 p.m., a duty-officer of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office confirmed.

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