Garbage truck burns in Fairfield

Frozen hydrants hinder firefighters' efforts; ask residents to clear snow and ice

Frozen fire hydrants were an obstacle as Fairfield firefighters battled a burning garbage truck Saturday, Jan. 31.

Firefighters say the incident is a reminder to residents of the importance of clearing snow and ice from fire hydrants during winter storms.

The Fairfield Fire Department responded to a report of a trailer filled with garbage on fire at the transfer station, 530 One Rod Highway, at 10:15 a.m. Engine 1, Engine 3, Engine 4, Ladders 1, and Car 3 found very heavy smoke and flames coming from the rear and side of the trailer, according to Assistant Chief Schuyler Sherwood.

“Water supply become a large challenge as the first two fire hydrants that the department attempted to use were frozen and unusable, requiring the companies to located a third hydrant that operated,” Sherwood, who was the incident commander, said in a press release.

“The severe cold made extinguishing this fire very challenging as some of the equipment was freezing and the water from the fire created extremely icy operating conditions,” Sherwood added.

The fire was not completely extinguished until the entire load of garbage was unloaded into the parking lot.

The trailer truck was owned by Enviro Express out of Bridgeport.

The Fire Department remained on scene until approximately 11:57 AM.

Firefighters attack a fire in a trash trailer Saturday, Jan. 31 at the Fairfield transfer station. Their efforts were hampered by frozen hydrants at the scene. (Fairfield Fire Department Photo)

Firefighters attack a fire in a trash trailer Saturday, Jan. 31 at the Fairfield transfer station. Their efforts were hampered by frozen hydrants at the scene. (Fairfield Fire Department Photo)

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