The Orwigsburg Fire Department was dispatched to USS Acheys for an unknown type fire. Engine 56-10 responded with six on board. Schuylkill County Communications advised while enroute, that the “fluff” pile from the shredder was on fire.
While responding, the crew could see a large smoke column at the location from the 200 block of W. Market St. A tanker task force was requested bringing tanker units from Landingville, Deer Lake, Schuylkill Haven, Auburn, New Ringgold, and Friedensburg. Crews arrived to find a large pile of various automobile parts heavily involved. An initial attack line was deployed but after a few minutes, engine 56-10’s water supply ran out until the first tankers arrived on scene a short time later.
Once a water supply was established, an additional hand line from 56-10 was utilized. After the fire was under control, a crane was used to pull apart the pile so that all materials could be wet down and smoldering debris extinguished.