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Firefighters regroup as blaze rekindles

(ran SS edition of METRO & STATE)

Shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday, North District Fire Chief R.B. Lane thought he could relax.

In the preceding hour, 13 firefighters had knocked down a 2-acre brush fire at Fourth Street N and 112th Avenue. The flames were gone, and smoke had cleared from the woods at the entryway to West Port Colony Apartments.

"I had just reported to dispatch the fire was out, and I looked up . . ." Lane said. "Unbelievable."

Wind blew live embers into the trees south of the fire, igniting treetops. The fire was alive again, this time pushing south and east toward mobile homes and apartment buildings.

Four more fire units were called to the scene, bringing the fire personnel to 25.

It took another two hours to douse the blaze. When it was over, 4 acres of woods had burned.

There was no need to evacuate nearby apartment buildings and mobile homes, Lane said. The fire was out by 7:30 p.m.

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