Fire crews battle ‘suspicious’ early morning brush fire near Swatara Creek


DAUPHIN COUNTY, Pa. (WHTM) — Fire crews spent the overnight hours fighting a brush fire near the Swatara Creek in Dauphin County.

It started Sunday night around 9:15 p.m. near Fawn Lane in Derry Township.

The Hershey Fire Department was stationed on the road but says this blaze was deeply seated in debris, creating some challenges.

Fire officials said access was extremely difficult because the fire was 800 feet back a narrow steep pathway. 

Crews were fighting the fire on foot and by boat deploying water from a nearby train bridge and had to bring portable pumps and hand lines.

Derry Township Police Department considers the brush fire near Swatara Creek to be suspicious. It is investigating the cause of the blaze. Officers are trying to rule out any natural sources of ignition.

Dispatchers say no one was injured.

Anyone with information can contact the department at (717) 534-2202 or visit its Crimewatch page to submit an anonymous tip.

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