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2018-07-11 / Police

Fire Breaks Out at the Walton Solid Waste Center on June 30

By Rosie Cunningham


A fire broke out at the Walton Solid Waste Center on June 30. Contributed Photo A fire broke out at the Walton Solid Waste Center on June 30. Contributed Photo WALTON - A fire broke out at the Delaware County Solid Waste Facility as a result of chemicals in scrap metal.

According to Solid Waste Director at Delaware County Department of Public Works Susan McIntyre, on June 30, fire departments from Walton, Delhi, Trout Creek and Bovina responded to a fire at the Solid Waste Management Center.

She said although there were no serious injuries, one individual suffered smoke inhalation and was transported to the hospital for medical treatment.

“The fire started in the scrap metal pile and was quickly contained by fire personnel,” she said in a statement.

The cause of the fire is believed to have been a reaction of incompatible chemicals that resulted in an instantaneous ball of flame, creating extreme smoke and heat in a very short period of time. Prompt response by area firefighters contained and quickly subdued the fire.


The aftermath and cleanup of the damage the Walton Solid Waste Center sustained on June 30. Contributed Photo The aftermath and cleanup of the damage the Walton Solid Waste Center sustained on June 30. Contributed Photo “I am very thankful for the rapid and thorough response of our local firefighters and emergency service personnel,” stated McIntyre. “They serve our community well and we appreciate and value them highly. Because the fire started from a chemical reaction, it is a strong reminder of why is so important that unused chemicals and flammable substances be kept out of your recyclables and your garbage. This is exactly why we host Clean Sweep every year - to keep these materials from mixing unintentionally and causing safety hazards.”

McIntyre continued, incompatible chemical fires happen unexpectedly and they can be prevented.

“While an empty container is generally safe to dispose of, any residual liquids should be kept separate, in their original containers,” she said. “This includes oils and gasoline in the engines that go for scrap metal recycling and any containers that hold flammables, caustics or pesticides. Do not throw full or partial chemicals or flammables away with your recycling or your garbage. Take liquid chemicals, gasoline, and other flammables to Clean Sweep.”

Information on this year’s CLEAN SWEEP can be found at: www.co.delaware.ny.us/departments/ sw/cleansweep.html.

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