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Crew continue battle against Middletown brush fire

Officials said the initial fire was sparked by downed powerlines on Tuesday afternoon. It since grew into two fires.

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — Crews are currently battling two brush fires in Middletown

The call initially came in as one fire on Tuesday afternoon around 1:30 p.m. Multiple departments from surrounding towns were called in to help battle the flames including crews from Deep River, East Hampton, East Haddam, Durham, Haddam, and Portland. 

Officials said the first fire may have been sparked by a downed power line, according to officials. 

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The second fire was suspicious in nature, according to officials. That fire broke out overnight, and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) said it was unlikely that an ember from the first fire traveled that far to spark the second blaze. 

The second fire as of 5 a.m. had burned about 25 acres, officials said. 

The first fire is expected to burn nearly 300 acres and could last days according to fire officials. 

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They also said fire crews are unable to embed themselves into the woods, close to the flames, due to the possibility of tree limbs falling on them. 

The area is heavily wooded but there are several houses nearby. Fire officials said crews at trying to contain it in a "path."

As of 7 a.m., fire officials said the flames appeared to have been dying out but there were no other major updates.

This is a developing story.

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Jennifer Glatz is a digital content producer at FOX61 News. She can be reached at jglatz@fox61.com.  

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