JOCO firefighters battle smelly flames at waste transfer station

By Jessica Reyes
KCTV 5 – June 23, 2017

Video (FOX 4 News)

Firefighters in Johnson County battled a smelly fire at an Olathe business late Thursday evening.

The fire started about 10:30 p.m. at the City of Olathe’s Solid Waste Transfer Station, located near 151st Street and Lone Elm Road.

Crews battled the fire for nearly four hours, at one point putting out a flaming pile of trash that was 20-feet tall. They say the fire was contained to the facility.

Firefighters had to tear through mounds of trash, some as tall as 20 feet, to make sure the fire was completely out.

Investigators are working to determine the cause of the flames.

No injuries were reported during the fire. Teams are doing a damage assessment to see if any equipment or buildings were damaged.

“The nice part is, it’s not near any other structures and no one’s been hurt, absolutely no injuries,” Olathe Fire Captain Mike Hall said. “And, it’s a good place for us to work as far as space goes. We got plenty of water.”

Officials say a heat detector inside the building alerted them to the fire.

Hall says the weather Thursday night and into Friday morning was a concern for his crew.

“It’s very humid and a lot of the folks are still sweating, which is a good sign. They are sweating and we are trying to replace those fluids as best we can, check those vital signs, make sure everyone is doing well and watch out for each other,” Hall said.

Firefighters from Olathe, KS, Lenexa, KS, and Johnson County Fire District No. 1 battled the fire.

Firefighters and members of the Public Works Department worked closely throughout the incident. The Olathe Police Department and Johnson County Med-Act also assisted at the scene.

The Transfer Station is closed until further notice. However, regular trash and recycling services will operate as normally scheduled.


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