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UPDATE: Dawson County emergency crews quell fire at local waste, recycling center
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Emergency personnel respond to a fire at 400 Waste and Scrap the morning of Thursday, June 13. - photo by Julia Hansen

A blaze at a waste and recycling center in southern Dawson County is now under control, Fire Operations and Training Chief Johnny Irvin confirmed to DCN. 

First responders successfully extinguished a fire at 400 Waste and Scrap Thursday.  

Personnel arrived at the facility, located on Daisy Drive, around 10 a.m. They found massive amounts of smoke and fire involving metal and different debris, according to Irvin. 

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One fire engine stages along Lumpkin Camp Ground Road as other emergency vehicles respond inside the waste and recycling facility Thursday. - photo by Julia Hansen

Firefighters set up hose lines, and they used 10,000 gallons of water to quell the fire. Personnel at 400 Waste and Scrap also used equipment to separate scrap piles and help crews reach where they needed to be to extinguish the fire.  

The response took roughly two hours, Irvin said. 

One firefighter overheated and was treated for dehydration, but there were no other injuries from the fire. No property damage was observed.  

In total, 14 people using three fire engines, two tenders, two ambulances and three chief vehicles responded.  

The waste and recycling facility did have precautions in place for this type of incident, which was beneficial for them, Irvin said. 

For now, the fire’s exact cause is undetermined, Irvin added. A fire investigator will go out to examine the scene.