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Brush Fire Rages Near Goethals Bridge On Staten Island

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Firefighters late Monday continued to battle an intense brush fire on Staten Island, near the Goethals Bridge.

As CBS 2’s Tracee Carrasco reported, the fire broke out just before 7:30 p.m. in a marshy area near Western and Gulf avenues, and near Interstate 278, in the Bloomfield section of Staten Island, according to the city Office of Emergency Management.

The wind had died down slightly by 11 p.m., helping firefighters gain the other hand. But earlier, huge pockets of orange flames could be seen crossing the bridge from New Jersey onto Staten Island.

The smoke could be seen in New Jersey and miles away, 1010 WINS reported. The flames forced authorities to block off several roads around the area.

Photos on Twitter showed a wide area of raging flames and heavy smoke rising from the scene.

While the fire was very close to the Goethals Bridge, it was not anywhere near any buildings or house.

As of 11 p.m., firefighters were still working on battling a few hot spots.

It was unclear late Monday how many acres had burned or how the fire started.

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