Large shoreline fire south of Summerstown

In this Friday, May 20, 2016 photo provided by Brenda Benoit, flames leap up from the shoreline of Akwesasne near Ile Simard. It's believed the fire is similar to one in November where methane from decomposing plant matter caught fire. (Brenda Benoit via Newswatch Group)

SUMMERSTOWN – Many residents along the County Road 2 shoreline were alarmed Friday night after a large fire along the northern edge of Cornwall Island.

“The whole coast line (is) burning,” Brenda Benoit told Cornwall Newswatch, after the fire was spotted around 9 p.m.

It was still burning around 11 p.m.

South Glengarry Fire and Rescue told CNW they received one call about the fire, west of Summerstown, near Ile Simard.

The fire department speculates that it was a marsh fire, similar to what happened in November 2015, when methane from decomposing plant matter caught fire along the shoreline.

At that time, the fire was left to burn out.