A fireplace ignited on the Orrington trash incinerator on Friday evening.
The fireplace on the Penobscot Power Restoration Co., or PERC, began earlier than 7:45 p.m., Orrington Hearth Chief Scott Stewart stated.
The fireplace within the tipping ground space seemingly began by spontaneous combustion, Stewart stated. There have been hundreds of kilos of trash within the plant.
“The trash had been there in order that it heats up and creates its personal fireplace,” he stated.
It was powerful to succeed in the fireplace as a result of it was within the base of the trash pile, round 20 to 30 ft in, Stewart stated. PERC workers needed to dig the fireplace out of the pile, however the smoke slowed it down.
About an hour and a half after fireplace crews cleared the scene, they needed to return as a result of the fireplace had flared again up, he stated.
Delta Thermo Power purchased PERC for $1.5 million throughout an public sale on Thursday.
PERC, which was foreclosed and stopped operations in Might, continued accepting trash from Orrington residents till early September. Trash is now going to Juniper Ridge Landfill as a result of the incinerator is full.
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