Town workers, firefighters squelch fire in trash compactor


RANGELEY — Town workers and firefighters put out a fire Thursday morning in a trash compactor at the transfer station before damage was done, fire Chief Rudy Davis said.

Transfer station attendant Richard Brown spotted flames coming from the compactor and grabbed a fire extinguisher to try to put it out, Davis said.

A couple members of the town highway crew were in the area and grabbed a garden hose and sprayed water on the fire to help control it until firefighters arrived, he said.

About eight firefighters responded to the 11:25 a.m. call and finished the job using Class A foam, Davis said.

Firefighters used a thermal-imaging camera to make sure it was out, he said.

As a precaution, a second container was being used for trash so the first one could be watched overnight to make sure a fire didn’t reignite, he said.

The station attendant had just compacted the trash that was in the chute about 10 minutes before flames appeared, Davis said.

“There was no damage done to the compactor,” he said. “The fast work of the town crew and dump attendant initially, helped keep the fire so it didn’t get of hand.”

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