Recycling center caught fire in Hatfield


HATFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A recycling center caught fire on Elm Street in Hatfield Wednesday morning.

Hatfield Fire Chief Stephen Gaughan told 22News the calls for the fire came in at 6:28 a.m. He said the fire originated in a load of recyclables that was partially and unknowingly on fire when dumped for sorting. He added that the circumstances of the fire made for a difficult job for firefighters.

“This large load of combustibles, combined with a subsequent high demand for water, led to an extensive overhaul and extinguishment process,” Gaughan said. “Heavy Equipment had to be utilized, along with manpower, to overhaul the debris involved in fire.”

Fire and ambulance crews from Whately, Northampton, South Deerfield, Hadley, Williamsburg, Conway, and Sunderland were all called in to help Hatfield. No one was injured, but Gaughan said the recycling center will continue to undergo evaluation with the town’s building inspector.

The fire is not being investigated as suspicious.

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