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Crews Battle Brush Fire Near Goethals Bridge

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Crews worked Monday night to fight a brush fire that broke out near the Goethals Bridge on Staten Island.

Officials said the fire started just after 7:30 p.m. Monday and tripled in size between 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

According to officials, the fire spread from about 30 yards in length and 10 yards wide at 9:30 p.m. to about 100 yards in length by 10:30 p.m.

Flames from the brush fire were shooting about 30 feet in the air, according to officials.

Fire officials declared the fire to be under control shortly after 11 p.m.

More than 140 firefighters worked to get the fire under control.

The Goethals Bridge remained open in both directions, but several secondary roads around the highway were closed as crews fought the fire.

Officials said crews at the scene had difficulty finding fire hydrants, and that wind was creating an issue for crews trying to put out the fire.

One firefighter suffered minor injuries, according to fire officials, and no buildings were damaged.

The cause was not known as of midnight Monday.

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