Middleboro Firefighters Battle Large Fire at Landscaping Yard
Middleboro firefighters and other local fire crews spent long hours Friday and into Saturday battling an intense blaze at a landscaping yard, calling it a “long, challenging and labor intensive operation.”
According to Facebook posts from the Middleboro Firefighters Local 3653, firefighters were called to Ryco at 481 Wareham Street at about 6 p.m. on Friday, July 1 for a reported fire in the material yard for Agresource, a tenant on the property.
Firefighters arrived to find three large compost piles burning. Multiple tankers were requested to the scene, as both tanker shuttles and relay pumping was required, the union said, all while battling the heat and humidity of the weather in addition to the fire itself.
“Thousands of feet of supply line was laid with hundreds of thousands of gallons of water applied by the operation’s end,” the union said, noting a total of 24 pieces of apparatus and three lighting towers were utilized.
The Wareham Fire Department also reported that a total of 26 Wareham career and call firefighters responded to Middleboro, including helping to put out a fire in the woods that broke out as a result of the main fire, and shuttling thousands of gallons of water to the scene throughout the night.
Also responding were fire crews from Raynham, Lakeville, Halifax, Bridgewater, Plympton, and Carver, as well as the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services, Brewster Ambulance Service. Ryco and Agresource employees also operated heavy equipment at the scene to help extinguish the blaze.
Units finally cleared the scene at around 2 a.m. Saturday. No injuries were reported.