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An excavator was destroyed, and a truck and storage building were damaged during fire.

A fire at the Box Canyon Transfer Station off McTaggart Road early Thursday morning caused an estimated $300,000 in damage, destroying an excavator and signficiantly damaging a truck and storage building.

The call came into the Jefferson County Fire District No. 1 at about 12:40 a.m.

Upon arrival, firefighters discovered a blaze in a large transfer container and a small excavator also aflame. A truck hooked to the transfer container was also on fire, which had also spread to a building that held two forklifts and other equipment.

Crews initially knocked down the excavator fire, and doused the other elements on fire.

They then focused attention on the garbage container, which was expected to be the ignition source of the fire. Crews worked throughout the night to get the trailer fire under control, noted Tom Jaca, maintainence captain of the JCFD.

While an investigation is continuing, it expected that the blaze started by something combustable in the garbage transfer bin. Fire officials stressed that people need to be careful when disposing of burned materials or debris from sources like barbecues or fire pits. Before they are disposed of, such debris should be soaked with water.

The transfer station is operated by Madras Sanitary Service, which reported that all the losses were insured.


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