Multiple fire departments fight compost pile flames in Reynolds

Multiple compost piles caught fire at Bio Town Ag in Reynolds on Sunday afternoon.

Posted: Sep 22, 2019 6:59 PM

WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Multiple compost piles caught fire at Bio Town Ag in Reynolds on Sunday afternoon. It took more than five hours for the fire departments to extinguish the flames.

The Monticello Fire Department received a call around 12:30 p.m. When they arrived, they realized these fires weren't something they could tackle alone.

Seven fire departments including Monticello, Reynolds, Monon, Wolcott, Chalmers, Buffalo and Remington all worked to extinguish the fires.

They brought in three excavators and a bulldozer to disperse the content of the piles, which mostly consists of cow manure and corn cobs. Monticello Assistant Fire Chief Craig Green said they're also using the heavy winds to their advantage.

Green said they knew it wouldn't be easy.

“Many of us here today had been a part of helping to Carroll County agencies many years ago at the Anderson's fire,” said Green. “It didn't take them long, the experienced guys looked at it and went, oh we need some help.”

Green said thankfully these fires were contained, burning just the compost piles.

“There are no structures in danger, there are no exposure problems to any other buildings or equipment this thing will just continue to burn until there's nothing left of it,” said Green.

The Bio Town Ag facility uses these compost piles to generate electricity and put nutrients back into farmland. It’s unclear how much damage the fire will cause the facility.

It's unclear what sparked the fire at this time.

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