JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. (KMOX) – It’s under control. That’s the word from Ron Harder with Rock Hill Community Fire Department this morning.
Just before nine o’clock last night the fire sirens sounded and firemen rolled out with their trucks and equipment to Hansen’s Green Waste Recycling Center off Highway 141 and Cecos Lane near Interstate 55.
When they arrived they found nearly an acre of ten to fifteen feet high, tightly compacted mulch blazing away, sending thick, black clouds of smoke over the area. Ron Harder says they were able to drop some high pressure water pumps in to the Meramec River and started what Harder calls, “surround and drown” to soak the mulch with gallons of water.
Firemen kept up the dousing throughout the night and into this morning. As soon as the piles cool down, backhoes will be brought in to spread out the smoldering mulch where it will get another heavy soaking of water.
Harder says once that’s done, fire investigators will be brought in to see if they can determine a cause. Harder added, because of the location and the quick work by firemen, the mulch fire never had a chance to spread to nearby buildings.