A chipper machine that caught fire at a Waterford disposal station caused up to $700,000 in damage Sunday morning.
The Ontario Fire Marshal’s office was called in to investigate the blaze.
“The fire is not being treated as suspicious,” reported Michael Atkins, a fire prevention officer with Norfolk County Fire.
Atkins said firefighters were called at about 7 a.m. to Norfolk Disposal’s transfer station at 811 Old Highway 24 in Waterford where the chipper machine was on fire. The machine is valued at about $500,000.
“Firefighters did an excellent job bringing the fire under control quickly. The fire did cause minor damage to an adjoining building and a truck, however … most of the damage was limited to the chipper itself,” said Atkins.
A video posted by OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk shows the firefighters on a raised platform, pouring water directly into the chipper.
Atkins added that there was no garbage involved in the blaze and no concerns at this point about air quality or environmental issues. And the fire won’t change garbage pickup times in Norfolk County.
So far the damage estimate is between $600,000 to $700,000 but a fire marshal investigator was expected to have more information after looking at the scene Sunday afternoon and determining the cause.