Brush fire near Fenway sends smoke above city skyline

The brushfire sent smoke above Fenway.
The brush fire sent smoke above Fenway. –Perry Donham / Twitter

Large plumes of smoke rose above the Boston skyline on Thursday afternoon due to a brush fire in the Fenway neighborhood, Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald said.

The one-alarm fire sent up billows of smoke in the neighborhood as firefighters worked to put out the blaze. According to MacDonald, crews arrived at the scene just before 2:30 p.m. and extinguished the fire around 4:30.

Park Drive at Boylston Street, the Fenway at Agassiz Road, and Queensbury Street at Jersey Street were all closed due to the fire, according to state police.

McDonald said that without witnesses, it is difficult to determine the cause of the fire. He added that brush fires in the Fens occur a couple times a year due to prevalence of walkways leading to discarded cigarette butts, and the tall, dry reeds, as well as brush, growing in the park.

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A rabbit pictured following a brush fire in Fenway on April 28.
A rabbit in the area following the brush fire Thursday. —Ryan Breslin / Boston.com

 

The Prudential Building is pictured in the background following a brush fire April 28 in the Fenway neighborhood.
The Prudential Building pictured in the background following the brush fire. —Ryan Breslin / Boston.com
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