Smoke Haze In Enfield Caused By Fire at Transfer Station

Officials say the smoke is non-toxic, but the odor is far-reaching.

Much of Enfield woke up Thursday morning to a haze of smoke generated by a large mulch fire at the town's transfer station.

Town officials sent out a message on the Everbridge notification system: "This fire is contained to one mulch pile and is not a hazard to any structures within the town. However, it is generating a large amount of smoke that is drifting in a northerly direction throughout the area. This smoke is non-toxic and the Enfield Fire Department is working to extinguish the fire as soon as possible."

were dispatched to the transfer station on Town Farm Road at 12:18 a.m. The fire solely involved a large pile of yard waste.

"It's just trees, leaves and brush, so it's not hazardous smoke," Enfield Deputy Fire Chief Paul Januszewski said. "None of the transfer station containers are involved."

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White smoke could be seen from more than a mile away, and the strong smoke odor carried much farther than that. "We're getting complaints from Springfield," Januszewski said.

The deputy chief said public works and fire department crews are working together to bring the fire under control.

"DPW will try to re-distribute the mulch piles, so we can get the fire underneath," he said.

Complicating matters is the fact that the nearest hydrant is at the Town Farm Road entrance.

"We've had to run 1,800 feet of hydrant line," Januszewski said. "The water company has been very cooperative in getting us more water quickly."

Thursday's blaze marks the fifth such incident at the transfer station in the last two weeks, Januszewski said.

"Every time we get it put out, it starts elsewhere because it's underground," he said.

John Foxx July 12, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Do you smell that!? Do you smell that!? Nothing else in the world smells like that...that smell...that burning mulch smell...I love the smell of burning mulch in the morning....smells like....Enfield.
Peter morgan July 12, 2012 at 05:18 PM
John; Is there any place to surf nearby ? Oh the Horror...........................
tgardener July 12, 2012 at 06:25 PM
This is why composting leaves properly is important.
Debbi Kruzel July 12, 2012 at 07:30 PM
It is trees, leaves, and branches! That is NON TOXIC! The CT DEP would laugh at a call this.
Ryan Simpson July 14, 2012 at 05:05 AM
I couldn't smell it here by the river in Thompsonville. (The river overpowers any smell.) But when I got to work at Brightmeadow Blvd on the CT/MA line, oh my god, the smell was INSANE! And in our building the "fresh air exchange/biofilter" system did not stop the building from smelling like burnt hell. Non-toxic chemicals perhaps, but no smoke is non-toxic when inhaled in mass quantities for an entire day.


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