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Log fire continues to ignite west of Ottawa

A log fire smoldered up again Wednesday afternoon at Route 71 and 4-H Road, calling firefighters to the scene for a third consecutive day.

Firefighters have been to the site of the 150-foot long pile of logs several times since it ignited Monday into flames.

The rekindlings have caused stress on people living in the area.

“Our house is filling up with smoke,” said Jennifar Kopko. “We have a 5-week-old baby that we’re afraid for. We couldn’t sleep overnight, knowing it could ignite again. Now, there are two fire trucks in my front yard again.”

The fire, which has been fought by Grand Ridge, Wallace, Ottawa, Utica, Marseilles, Tonica and Leonore fire departments at one point, was deemed an accident and firefighters said the nature of it makes it prone to rekindle.

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