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Crews respond to fire at Henderson landfill

Published: Oct. 6, 2021 at 8:16 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 6, 2021 at 9:22 PM CDT
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HENDERSON, Ky. (WFIE) - Dispatch confirms that crews were sent in response to a fire near a building along Highway 414 on Wednesday night.

Dispatch operators say the fire broke out in the 700 block of Highway 414 in Henderson.

They saw a fire was seen in the vicinity, but nobody was hurt.

Around 7 p.m. Wednesday, officials say the Henderson Fire Department responded to a call after someone reported seeing smoke coming from the Henderson Waste Transfer Station.

Since no one was in the building at the time, the risk for injury was relatively small, but there are complications when fighting fires around lots of garbage. Officials say it was one of the semi-trucks loaded with garbage to take to Owensboro that caught fire.

HFD crews first pulled the truck out of the building before extinguishing the flames.

To keep incidents like these from happening, officials say to be careful not to throw away anything hot.

”The big thing is you don’t want to dispose of anything hot or discard hot items into your trash,” HFD Fire Chief Scott Foreman said. “Most of the time this happens from people emptying out their fireplaces, burn barrels, stuff like that.”

Since the fire department acted fast and got the truck out of the building, the only item the fire destroyed was the trailer on the truck.

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