LISBON, Ohio (WKBN) – The Ohio EPA is trying to determine if anything hazardous was burning Thursday in Lisbon.
A brush fire got out of control along State Route 45. Firefighters put it out, and started working on the fire which started everything. Owner Bill Catlett said he was only burning boxes and bags. The West Point Fire Department felt there were some hazardous materials being burned and notified the EPA.
“We would’ve put on breathing apparatus, but there were not aware of that until after the effect,” West Point Fire Department Chief Wayne Chamberlain said. “At that point they began to take the precautions. Luckily, none of the firefighters were in the smoke for a prolonged length of time, which is good.”
First News will update the story once the EPA makes a ruling on if the fire was dangerous.
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story said that the Lisbon Fire Chief stated that asbestos was burnt on the property. Eric Dixon, not the Lisbon Fire Chief, gave WKBN that info. Also, the earlier version stated that firefighters found asbestos on the property, when that is not certain. An earlier version also featured a different spelling of Catlett, the property owner’s last name. We regret the any confusion these may have caused.