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UPDATE: Firefighters Continue to Battle Stubborn Trash Fire in Dickerson



UPDATE: As of 6:15 pm Friday evening, Montgomery County Fire Rescue units continue to battle the fire at the Covanta trash incinerator plant at 21204 Martinsburg Road in Dickerson. "MCFRS continues to forecast prolonged operations with no firm timetable on complete extinguishment," according to MCFRS spokesman Pete Piringer.

ORIGINAL POST: Montgomery County Fire Rescue Units were on the scene of a large trash fire at the Montgomery Covanta trash incinerator plant at 21204 Martinsburg Road in Dickerson throughout the night on Thursday, until Friday morning.

According to MCFRS senior spokesman Pete Piringer, the original call came in at 6:45 pm on Thursday, Dec. 8 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.


Piringer said more than 40 firefighters worked the fire at the plant, was in a pile of trash which is 85-feet tall and 200-feet long on the plant’s “tipping floor.” Firefighters required special heavy equipment to assist in moving the large trash pile. Crews rotated to contain the fire all night, but as of 8:30 am on Friday was still smoldering and occasionally flaring up. Thankfully, no injuries have been reported as crews continue to battle the fire in the incinerator


A similar fire occurred at the plant, which required firefighters to remain on scene for more than 12 hours back on July 17, 2016. 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.

Photos courtesy MCFRS


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