Trash collection site burns -, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Trash collection site burns

Posted: Updated:
Source: Taylor Richter Source: Taylor Richter
Source: Taylor Richter Source: Taylor Richter

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - At 11:00 Thursday night, firefighters were still on the scene of a huge trash fire. The fire was out, but firefighters expected to be there for several more hours to make sure hotspots didn't flare up.

The fire started late in the afternoon at a transfer station at Veolia Environmental on Pecan Lane not far from the Marine Base. It's essentially a warehouse where garbage trucks dump trash before it's carried to the landfill.

Putting the fire out wasn't easy because compacted trash was packed 14 feet high in the area where the fire started. BaBattalionhief Kelly Harcrow said, "Its a tedious process. We actually have a front-end loader going in and pulling the garbage out and were having to wet it down and bring it out as well as fight the fire that's still in the back of the building."

Firefighters still aren't sure what caused the fire.

©2009 WALB News. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.