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Jaffrey

Blaze fought at MDS facility

Fire officials investigating the cause of fire at company’s transfer station

JAFFREY — Firefighters from Jaffrey and eight neighboring towns fought a smoky fire in a building at Monadnock Disposal Service’s transfer station on Old Sharon Road in Jaffrey on Thursday afternoon.

According to Jaffrey Fire Chief David Chamberlain, firefighters were called to the site at 2:14 p.m. The building is used as a private transfer station for the handling and sorting of residential and commercial trash.

No flames were visible from the road outside the transfer station, but heavy smoke could be seen pouring from an opening on the side of the building, as firefighters hooked hoses to hydrants at the facility. As firefighters worked, MDS trucks could be seen moving Dumpsters away from the building.

In a statement about the fire, Chamberlain said he upgraded the incident to a second-alarm fire, as he noticed a large column of smoke while responding to the scene. On arrival, he said he found a 100-foot by 70-foot, metal sided, steel frame building, “with heavy black smoke coming out the overhead doors and heavy fire inside of the building.” An excavator inside the building that was being used to process trash was also on fire.

Chamberlain said everyone who had been working in the building was outside when firefighters arrived.

No one was injured in the fire, although one firefighter was treated at the scene by Jaffrey-Rindge Memorial Ambulance staff for heat-related symptoms.

Chamberlain said fire crews knocked down most of the fire inside the building through an exterior attack, using water from the hydrant outside the building and another hydrant on Old Sharon Road. Assistant Fire Chief Keith Dupuis operated an excavator inside the building to move trash and material, to allow firefighters to extinguish material that was burning.

The fire was declared under control at 4:20 p.m.

Chamberlain said a similar fire occurred at the same location in April 2012. Thursday’s fire is being investigated by the state Fire Marshal’s Office and the Jaffrey Fire Department.

Monadnock Disposal Service has resumed operations at the site. Company officials did not return a call seeking comment on Monday.

Firefighters from Peterborough, Rindge, New Ipswich, Dublin, Fitzwilliam, Troy, Keene and Winchendon, Mass., assisted Jaffrey at the scene, along with Jaffrey police, the Jaffrey-Rindge ambulance and the state Fire Marshal’s Office. Greenville firefighters covered the Jaffrey station during the incident.

Jaffrey and our surrounding towns have much to be thankful for and most importantly of all are the brave and fearless individuals who risk their lives for all of us. Thank you firefighters for your willingness to serve your communities and for the great work done throughout the years.

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