Fire departments from all over Allen County and two additional counties responded to a fire at a landfill late Tuesday night.
The fire started around 11:15 p.m. at Republic Services National Serv-All Landfill located at 6231 Macbeth Road. That’s just off of Smith Road on the south side of Fort Wayne.
Fire officials tell WANE 15 that cleaning crews were inside a building when they saw the fire and called 911. When firefighters arrived they found heavy fire coming from the roof of the building. There aren’t any hydrants near the building so crews had to use tanker trucks to fill up from hydrants along Smith Road and bring the water into the facility.
A large cloud of smoke and the glow of the fire could be seen for miles. One man called WANE 15 and reported seeing it from I-69.
It took several hours to put the fire out, and fire crews stayed at the scene well into Wednesday morning. No one was injured.
Fire officials say the building was used for offices as well as a maintenance facility. They say the fire started near a paint booth in the maintenance facility. Crews were able to stop the fire before it reached much of the office portion of the building. They say the maintenance portion of the building is a total loss.
Eight Allen County fire departments were called in to help, as well as crews from the Ossian and Roanoke Fire Departments.
A security guard at the front gate of the landfill would not let WANE 15 onto the property, but he said Republic Services’ corporate office would send out a statement Wednesday morning.