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Solid Waste District’s hub reopens after fire

Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 5:04 AM
Updated: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 3:03 PM
By: Breaking News Staff, Nick Blizzard

UPDATE @ 3:03 p.m.

The Montgomery County Solid Waste Transfer Station has reopened following a trash fire at the county garbage hub this morning. Operations for “both commercial and public traffic, and our operations are getting back to normal,” according to a statement from spokeswoman Brianna Wooten.

“We will be open for regular business hours the rest of the week,” according to the statement. “Our planned Appliance Amnesty event, which was cancelled today, will continue as planned tomorrow.”

UPDATE @ 12:37 p.m.

A trash fire at the Montgomery County Solid Waste Transfer Station likely started with a smoldering load being hauled to the facility, Moraine’s fire chief said today. 

The cause of the blaze, which began about 5 a.m. and is expected to be extinguished this afternoon, cannot be pinpointed. But it is not uncommon for smoldering garbage left by residents and deposited by haulers to start fires at the Sandridge Road site, Moraine Fire Chief David Cooper said.

UPDATE @ 9:59 a.m.

All county employees who work at the site have been diverted to other locations, Wooten said. All trash haulers which use the Montgomery County Solid Waste Transfer Station are being diverted to landfills as the site has been closed while crews work to extinguish a fire.

UPDATE @ 9:44 a.m. 

The Montgomery County Solid Waste Transfer Station is closed to commercial traffic and private citizens as crews continue to work to extinguish a fire, according to a news release.

The fire started inside trash on the tipping floor at the site on Sandridge Road in Moraine. No injuries have been reported and no equipment or structures have been damaged, according to the county.

The site was set to hold a three-day Appliance Amnesty program beginning today, said Brianna Wooten, spokeswman for the county's Environmental Services. 

The appliance disposal program which had been set to run through Saturday allows county residents to get rid of large household appliances at no charge, Wooten said.

"We hope that we'll still be able to accept those, but right now the program is going to be on hold a day," she said.

Crews from Dayton, Kettering and Moraine fire departments responded to the fire shortly before 5 a.m. Thursday. 

“The fire is partly suppressed, but still active,” Wooten said in a release. “We are currently waiting for an opportunity to bring in a piece of equipment to stir the trash and get to the base of the fire and completely extinguish it.”

The county hopes to reopen the transfer station later today.

UPDATE @ 7:45 a.m.

A fire at the Montgomery County Solid Waste District continues to burn this morning

The fire was reported around 4:50 a.m., and as of 7:45 a.m., heavy smoke continues to billow from the building.

We are working to find out what caused the fire. This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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Crews are working to extinguish a fire at the Montgomery County Solid Waste District.

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The fire was reported around 4:50 a.m., and as of 5:55 a.m., heavy smoke was still showing from the building located in the 2500 block of Sandridge Drive.

Motorists on I-75 in Moraine will drive through the smoke, according to our crews.

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Additional information was not immediately available.