Saturday, April 4, 2015

Fire Reported // Contained Last Night at the Iowa City Landfill & Recycling Center

The Iowa City Fire Department was called out to the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center late last night to handle a trash fire. The fire was contained and smothered within about two hours.

According to a email communication from the City of Iowa City:
The Iowa City Fire Department responded to the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center, 3900 Hebl Avenue SW, for a report of a grass fire at 9:08 p.m. Friday, April 3. Upon arrival, it was determined that the burning was limited to garbage in small area of the landfill.

Resources from the Hills, Tiffin and North Liberty Fire Departments were called in to assist with suppression efforts. Landfill personnel assisted with covering the burning garbage in an effort to smother the fire. Johnson County Ambulance Service and the Iowa City Police Department were also on the scene.

The fire was quickly suppressed and all crews were cleared at 11:05 p.m.  The exact cause has not been determined. There is no immediate indication the fire was set intentionally.
The city was quick to note that this fire was not anything like the 2012 landfill fire. Back then, a fire spread to the rubber tire aggregate liner of a new garbage cell. That fire lasted for weeks and costs us millions of dollars.

The Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center is open for business as normal.

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