ORRINGTON- Saturday, a trash fire at a local waste processing facility grew large enough for fire official response.
Scott Stewart, Orrington’s fire chief says that spontaneous combustion of trash piled over 40 feet in the air, caused a fire at Orrington’s Penobscot Energy Recovery Company’s plant.
Stewart said his department got the call in the afternoon and arrived on scene to a fire in the tipping floor area of the plant where the trucks bring in trash, dump it and store it until they have a chance to process it.
He said after about 4-5 hours, the fire was contained in a very small section of the area.
“We needed to cut some holes to evacuate the smoke and be able to put water on the fire. We cut three or four holes at the end of the building. So the damage was minimal,” he said.
He added this is type of fire is a reoccurring event at processing plants due to the air quality, outside temperature and the components of the trash.
“The organics in it heat up over time and cause fires. Certain times of the year, if the trash builds up it’s not uncommon for this to happen,” he said.
He added no one was injured from the fire.