A shed fire touched off a woods fire that burned 6 acres Monday in Newberry Township.
The fire was reported just after 1 p.m. at 570 Old Quaker Road and quickly spread to nearby underbrush in a wooded area.
Jennifer Robertello, who lives nearby in the 400 block of Old Quaker Road, said her stepson and his friends were outside playing on a trampoline when they saw flames. They went inside and told Robertello, who called 911.
"At first it (the fire) didn't look that bad, but the wind kept swooping in," she said.
Wind gusts fanned the flames, pushing the fire across the wooded lot along Old Quaker Road toward Fusion F.C. soccer fields.
"The fire spread really fast in the wind," said Sherry Martin, who lives in the same block as Robertello.
Shed: Fire crews were able to stop the fire before it could reach any homes, said Chief Gary Hatterer Jr. of the Newberry Township Fire Department.
"The crew did an outstanding job," he said.
The home at 570 Old Quaker Road, owned by Richard Acri, according to county tax records, sustained siding damage from the shed fire. Heat from that fire melted some of the siding on the home.
The roughly 8-foot-by-12-foot shed and an attached 8-foot-by-8-foot shed were completely destroyed. Damage to the shed, not including its contents, is estimated at between $2,000 and $2,500, Hatterer said.
A state police fire marshal has been called in to investigate the cause of that fire.
Wildfire: Between 10 and 12 departments, including one from Cumberland County, were dispatched to battle the blaze. The high number of departments were called in because of manpower needs, Hatterer said.
Hatterer said he feared the fire, fueled by dry underbrush, would travel down a hill toward Lewisberry Road. Fire crews were able to set up a fire line to stop the fire from spreading despite gusty winds at times.
"That would have been the highest difficulty: the wind," he said.
The fire was largely contained to the underbrush, but a few trees were also set alight.
Sue Northey said the fire came within 25 to 30 yards of her home in the 300 block of Old Quaker Road.
She credited the quick action of neighbors and fire crews for preventing it from spreading to her home. One neighbor sprayed water from a garden hose along the edge of Northey's lawn before firefighters arrived, she said.
However, the underbrush on about 75 percent of 5 acres of a wooded lot burned. A treehouse on the lot was destroyed in the blaze.
"Our kids are grown, so we don't need it anymore," Northey said.