Firefighters battle ‘deep-seated’ mulch fire in Ladysmith

Firefighters battle 'deep-seated' mulch fire in Ladysmith
Photo: Bob Burgess
Firefighters battle a mulch fire in Ladysmith, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2023. At least 20 firefighters responded, says Ladysmith Fire's deputy chief.

Firefighters battled a mulch fire at an environmental yard in Ladysmith, where crews from several fire departments responded to damper the flames.

Crews were called to the hog fuel bark mulch fire at 5258 Brenton Page Rd. around 1:50 a.m. Tuesday, and by 10:30 a.m. they were still there “pulling the pile apart to get at the deep-seated fire that it was,” says Matt Rickett, deputy chief with Ladysmith Fire.

The North Oyster Fire Department was called to the fire first, and crews from the Ladysmith, Cranberry, Crofton and North Cedar fire departments provided mutual aid, according to Rickett. He says at least 20 firefighters were on scene.

“North Oyster’s still there, we just cleared. North Oyster, North Cedar, Cranberry and Crofton are also there. They’ll probably be there for a couple more hours, I would say. They’ve got two excavators there,” he said around 10:30 a.m.

“Two very brave equipment operators moving the piles,” a witness told CHEK News.

Rickett says no one was injured. “Nothing like that, no,” he added.

He wasn’t sure of the cause.

(Photos supplied by: Bob Burgess)

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