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Crews Remained on Scene of Dickerson Incinerator Fire All Night

Montgomery County Fire Rescue Units were on the scene of a large trash fire at the Montgomery Covanta trash incinerator plant on Martinsburg Road in Dickerson throughout the night on Sunday, until Monday morning.

According to MCFRS senior spokesman Pete Piringer, the original call came in at 6:45 pm on Sunday, July 17 for a fire on the “tipping room” floor in a large refuse pile in the trash pit inside the facility. Firefighters used large volume deck guns and master streams to attack the fire.

MCFRS called in mutual aid from Frederick County’s Carroll Manor Airboat 928 airboat to assist with ventilating the fire and clearing the smoke. Piringer said the fire was contained to the large pile of trash but was not completely extinguished. He said that MCFRS remained at the incinerator plant working on hot spots and conducting a fire watch. The final MCFRS unit was cleared of the call at about 8:45 am on Monday, July 18.

The German company Covanta Energy built the incinerator in 1995 and maintains the Montgomery County Resource Recovery Facility. Trash from the county's residents fuels the incinerator, which in turn creates electricity.