Landfill Fire COURTESY

Firefighters work to extinguish a blaze at the county landfill on Wednesday.

Frederick County firefighters were called Wednesday morning to a large trash fire that started in a building at the county landfill.

The fire was originally dispatched at 9:57 a.m. to the Frederick County Department of Solid Waste Management site in the 9000 block of Reichs Ford Road. The call was updated once the first units arrived and set up in the 4000 block of Yard Waste Court, according to Sarah Campbell, a spokeswoman for the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services.

The first firefighters to arrive found a large fire — about 100 feet by 50 feet — inside a building at that address and, due to the size and nature of the blaze, a second alarm was called at 10:25 a.m., Campbell said.

“I’d say within 30 minutes, the bulk of the fire was knocked,” Campbell said.

Despite the rapid response, one challenge that firefighters faced was access to hydrants, with tankers being sent to the nearest available hydrant at Pinecliff and Pine Bluff roads in the Tallyn Ridge development, Campbell said.

“They’ll secure a primary water source, fill up their tankers and send in whatever they have with available water to head in to the fire while they wait for the next tanker to fill up on water,” Campbell said.

Campbell was not aware of any injuries as a result of the fire. While fire crews set about ensuring the fire was extinguished, an airboat typically used for water rescues was sent to the landfill to allow firefighters to use its large fan propeller to help ventilate the area, Campbell said.

The fire appears to have started in the center of a transfer building, which is where people can drive through and drop off their trash, Campbell said. Fire marshals were investigating to determine the cause of the blaze as of Wednesday afternoon. It was also unclear how much, if any, damage was caused to the building or nearby property as a result of the fire.

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Jeremy Arias is the Frederick city and government reporter for The Frederick News-Post.

(4) comments


Just testing the new incinerator.


I would have thought there would have been hydrants at that location since this would be a place that fire would be likley


There is no public water at that location; therefore, no hydrants.


Quite literally a dumpster fire

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