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Fire damages building at Jaffrey transfer station


JAFFREY — Firefighters battled a two alarm fire at Monadnock Disposal Service station Thursday.

The industrial dump is used as a private transfer station for the sorting of resident and commercial trash.

Firefighters responded to the fire at 101 Old Sharon Road at 2:14 p.m.

On his way there Jaffrey Fire Chief David M. Chamberlain saw a large column of smoke on the horizon and upgraded the first alarm to a second alarm, he said in a press release.

When he arrived he saw a 100 by 75 foot metal sided steel frame building with heavy black smoke coming out the front of the overhead doors and heavy fire inside of the building. All occupants who had been working in the building were out when firefighters arrived.

An excavator that was being used in the building to process the trash was also on fire.

Firefighters made an exterior attack on the building and knocked down the majority of the fire within the building.

Using another excavator on site, Assistant Deputy Chief Keith Dupuis moved the trash around the building so firefighters could extinguish the burning materials.

The fire was under control by 4:20 p.m.

One firefighter was treated at the scene by Jaffrey Rindge Memorial Ambulance for heat-related issues.

No other injuries were reported.

The state Fire Marshal’s office and Jaffrey Fire Department are investigating to determine if a certain material in the trash ignited, causing the fire. A similar fire occurred at this same location in 2012 while the facility was sorting the same material.

The building received fire, heat and smoke damage and the excavator that was in the building received extensive fire and heat damage.

Peterborough, Rindge, New Ipswich, Keene, Dublin, Fitzwilliam, Troy and Winchendon,. Mass., firefighters assisted at the fire scene. Greenville firefighters covered the Jaffrey fire station.

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