Trash catches fire at Portsmouth transfer station

A firefighter hoses down trash that had caught fire inside a container at the transfer station, while a worker in a backhoe (left) disperses the refuse. A firefighter hoses down trash that had caught fire inside a container at the transfer station, while a worker in a backhoe (left) disperses the refuse.

A firefighter hoses down trash that had caught fire inside a container at the transfer station, while a worker in a backhoe (left) disperses the refuse.

A firefighter hoses down trash that had caught fire inside a container at the transfer station, while a worker in a backhoe (left) disperses the refuse.

PORTSMOUTH — It was messier than usual at the transfer station this afternoon.

Firefighters extinguished a blaze that broke out inside a truck container full of trash at the Hedley Street station shortly after 1 p.m.

No one was hurt and the station resumed its normal operations.

Fire Chief Michael Cranson said the cause of the blaze was unknown, but it may have been started by a resident who unknowingly dumped some burning trash down the main chute.

Trash was dumped from the container, spread out and hosed down to make sure the fire had been extinguished.

Trash was dumped from the container, spread out and hosed down to make sure the fire had been extinguished.

“It doesn’t happen often, but it happens every once in a while. Somebody goes to throw away trash and there’s something still smoldering,” Chief Cranson said.

The blaze was extinguished shortly after firefighters arrived, but much of the container’s trash was dumped onto the ground and hosed down thoroughly.

“They hauled the container that was in the building out of there. I don’t know how you would measure that volume of trash, but it was a pretty good amount that was burning,” he said, pointing to the refuse on the ground. “We put it out and had them dump a little more trash from the back of that and we’ll have them tear it apart with a backhoe to make sure nothing else is burning.”

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