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Brush Fire Forces 50 To Evacuate On Kent Island

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STEVENSVILLE, Md. (AP) — About 50 residents had to evacuate their homes after a major brush fire on Maryland’s Kent Island in Queen Anne’s County.

Firefighters contained the seven-alarm blaze by late Sunday night. It took crews from seven counties and Delaware to control the fire.

Officials say it started about 6 a.m. in Stevensville. A military helicopter made water drops on the fire, and the forestry
service cut paths to direct the flames.

Resident Tim Wells says he and his wife left their home when he walked outside and saw smoke and falling ashes. He says they grabbed their dogs, pictures and insurance papers on their way out.

A shelter was set up at Kent Island Elks Lodge.

Fire officials say no civilians were injured. One firefighter was taken to a hospital.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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