Fire at SOCRRA Fueled by Garbage Pile, Cause Thus Far Unknown
(Troy Fire Dept, Aug. 26, 2020)
Troy, MI – The Troy Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire at the SOCRRA facility on Coolidge. The caller advised they saw flames in a security booth. When the fire department arrived, firefighters located a large working fire inside the waste transfer building. This building is where curbside pickup waste is unloaded from trucks and transferred into large trailers for transport to landfills.
The building was full of waste, in large piles that were approximately 15 feet tall, 20 feet wide and 80 feet long. The pile on the east side of the building was well involved with fire. Firefighters quickly deployed handlines and master stream devices into the building to apply water to the fire. Due to the large amount of waste in the building, firefighters had a hard time gaining access to all of the hot spots for extinguishment. The Troy Department of Public Works assisted firefighters by using an excavator to move waste letting firefighters access hot spots. Firefighters worked on scene for approximately three hours to completely extinguish the fire. The fire was contained to the room of origin, only burning waste with minor damage to a front loader that was parked in the building. The scene was left with SOCRRA staff to remove the remaining waste.
Due to the large amount of material in the building, the cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.
No injuries or fatalities were reported during the fire. Final damage estimates are incomplete at this time.
No further details are available at this time.