SUFFOLK, Va (WVEC) – Firefighters from Suffolk Fire and Rescue, as well as volunteer firefighters from nearby companies are on the scene of a large brush fire in the Driver area of the city that was caused when a piece of heavy equipment apparently caught fire and subsequently ignited nearby debris.
According to a city spokesperson, Emergency dispatch was first alerted by a citizen to smoke in the area of the 4800 block of Nansemond Parkway just before 2 p.m. They then received another call from an employee at the John C. Holland Enterprises Landfill reporting that a piece of equipment had caught fire, which then spread to nearby piles of mulch at the site.
First responders found that a large piece of machinery that grinds wood debris into mulch had caught fire, with the fire then spreading to surrounding mulch piles.
The spokesperson said the fire currently has spread over 1-1/2 acres, but is well off the roadway with no residences threatened. The fire has not resulted in any roadway closures.
According to the spokesperson, responding units from Suffolk Fire & Rescue include Battalions 1 and 2, Brush 9 and 10, Engines 1, 5, 6, 10 and 25, Tankers 1 and 9, EMS 1, Medics 5 and 10, and Rehab 6.
Mutual aid is also being provided by the Carrollton Volunteer Fire Department, including their Tanker 10 and Brush 10, the Driver Volunteer Fire Department with their Brush 10, and the Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Department with their Brush 9 and Tanker 9.
The fire was declared under control at around 6 p.m. There were no injuries.