Rochester Waste Plant Catches Fire
ROCHESTER — Rochester firefighters put out a fire in the shredder processer at the Covanta waste to energy plant on Route 28 Thursday night.
The Rochester fire department wrote in a statement that crews were called to the plant for a blaze burning trash underneath a broken conveyor belt on Thursday at around 9:40 p.m.
Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and Covanta employees reporting that the conveyor belt had broken, resulting in a fire burning trash beneath it, according to the release.
Fire crews extinguished the flames but remained at the scene to put out flare ups in the large amount of garbage on and around the machine.
According to the fire department's statement, help was provided at the scene from Wareham, Marion, and Mattapoisett fire and emergency services departments.
Freetown Fire Department provided station coverage and assistance was also given from the state's Department of Fire Services/Rehab Unit, Providence Canteen, and Rochester Police.
The department did not say whether any injuries were reported in the incident.