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Pedestrians spot a tree fire in Putnam Park

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - The Eau Claire Fire Department said some observant pedestrians on the Putnam Trail helped spot a fire that could have been missed.

The Eau Claire Fire Department received a call shortly after 12 p.m. on Saturday for a tree fire located in the eastern part of Putnam Park, near Putnam Drive. Two girls and their grandmother, who live in that area, said during their walk, they stopped to check out a fort that was built in the tree, only to find that it was on fire.

Tim Deziel, a battalion chief for the Eau Claire Fire Department, said, "They located a very large tree that almost had like some ladders and some tree fort formed up inside of it, which was burning, smoldering. And, it looks like it's been smoldering for some time here."

Grace Martin, from Eau Claire who saw the fire, along with her sister, Kate Martin, said, "Normally we don't go out in the paths. It was just like we wanted to check out the tree house. Kate was about to go up to the tree but then, I noticed it was hot, and there were ashes or something like that falling. And, we noticed there was a fire, and it was kind of scary."

Crews say it appears the fire could have started last night. We did ask if it could have been started by a firework. Officials said they weren't sure and are looking into the exact cause.

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