2017-10-12 / Front Page

WFD douses fire at county’s landfill to keep damage minimal; no injuries


Heavy smoke billowed forth from the blue metal building at the Wilkes County landfill last Friday. Heavy smoke billowed forth from the blue metal building at the Wilkes County landfill last Friday. An intense fire broke out at the landfill last week, as a truck and trailer caught fire, along with the blue metal transfer building on site. According to Washington Fire Chief C.J. Gilland it took about three hours to contain the heavy smoke and flames that ensued from the top of the building.

Late Friday afternoon, nearby residents said they heard two big explosions followed by a smaller one and then more little ones. Looking out, they saw smoke rising from the landfill area.

“It was tough to get to, and really you had to wet it down and spread out [the burning material] once the major fire was contained,” Chief Gilland said. “It was sort of like a grass fire, so it was difficult to contain.”

A team of firetrucks rotated in and out of the landfill filling and refilling a portable “dump tank” providing the pumper with water. Gilland estimated that 30-35,000 gallons of water were used to fight the fire.


The dump tank was constantly refilled to keep the flow of water constant as firefighters worked to contain last Friday’s fire at the landfill. The dump tank was constantly refilled to keep the flow of water constant as firefighters worked to contain last Friday’s fire at the landfill. There were no reported injuries.

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