Fire damages barn at E.C. waste facility

2014-04-12T17:38:00Z 2014-04-12T22:58:08Z Fire damages barn at E.C. waste facilityJoseph S. Pete, (219) 933-3316

EAST CHICAGO | Firefighters spent nearly 12 hours Saturday battling a blaze near a petroleum pipeline at Allied Waste Co. in East Chicago.

A fire started at a transfer station at the waste disposal facility, which is in an industrial area at the intersection of Columbus Drive and Railroad Avenue, about 4 a.m. Saturday. Garbage caught fire in a large pole barn and continued to burn for most of the day, Assistant Fire Chief Robert Martinez said.

Allied Waste needed time to assemble a crew to haul the garbage out and spread it around, so the fire could be doused, Martinez said. Firefighters put it out about 3 p.m.

No one was injured. The fire caused damage to the large pole barn where it was contained.

Garbage is typically kept in the transfer station for about 24 hours before it get hauled off to a dump, Martinez said. The burnt rubbish that is now outside is expected be removed by Sunday morning.

Firefighters are investigating what started the fire. No foul play is suspected.

Traffic was blocked off for most of the day on Columbus Drive, a major east-west route through the city, just outside the facility.

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