July 23, 2014

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Fire destroys Oberlin trash trucks

Oberlin firefighters battle a fire at a maintenance garage Saturday. COURTESY OF CITY OF OBERLIN

Oberlin firefighters battle a fire at a maintenance garage Saturday. COURTESY OF CITY OF OBERLIN

OBERLIN — City officials are renting equipment and developing a plan of action following a fire at a commercial storage facility that destroyed six garbage and recycling trucks early Saturday.

“There are a few things that need to be sorted out,” Eric Norenberg, Oberlin city manager, said.

The fire was reported about 12:15 a.m. Saturday at an Oberlin city refuse garage on 528 Hillcreek Drive, which houses equipment for Oberlin’s trash and recycling programs. No one was injured in the fire, but Norenberg said it resulted in the destruction of all six vehicles, which are used to collect trash and recycling around the city.

Oberlin and Wellington Fire departments worked to extinguish the flame. The fire was declared under control about 1:30 a.m., according to a news release. However firefighters worked until 6 a.m. to pull the trucks out of the burning building and extinguish fires inside the trucks, according to Norenberg and the press release.

Norenberg said the city is trying to assess the damage, since the fire rendered all six vehicles, the building and other equipment including a forklift and tires, unusable. According to a news release, the damage could be more than $1.5 million.

According to Norenberg, the city has plans to borrow two trash vehicles and will be able to resume their normal trash pickup schedule Monday.

However, he said they’re not sure how they’ll be able to pick up recycling.

Norenberg said he and other city officials will discuss the matter at an Oberlin City Council meeting Monday.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.

  • Simon Jester

    I’ll go there. What do the security videos show? It’s secured facility, was there an honest oops, or did someone torch the trucks?

  • Pebody Murray

    why wasnt there a fire suppression system in the garage ?