Firefighters knock down blaze at Solid Waste Authority transfer station


A big pile of garbage caught on fire at the Solid Waste Authority transfer station on Perimeter Road Thursday afternoon.

The blaze scorched a bit of the metal walls, but otherwise caused no significant damage, according to fire officials.

“It scorched some of the wall, but no real structural damage,” explained Deputy Fire Chief Mark S. Kohlbrenner. The Western Transfer Station is operated by the Oneida Herkimer Solid Waste Authority.

“Nobody was hurt, the building is fine,” the chief stated.

The transfer station has one large warehouse for storing garbage, and the chief said something deep in the pile ignited sometime after 1 p.m. The station employees saw the smoke and dug into the pile, releasing the fire.

“It could have been anything in the pile” that started the fire, Kohlbrenner said. The exact cause is not under investigation.

Responding firefighters found “quite a big fire in the pile” on arrival, he said. It took about 10 to 15 minutes to knock down the blaze.

The station employees then helped dig through the garbage pile to douse any remaining hot spots.


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