EAST SANDWICH – Fire departments from several towns responded and provided mutual aid coverage Sunday morning for a large mulch fire at a commercial property on Service Road.
The fire was called in by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter flying overhead at 10:13 a.m. at property owned by New Bedford Waste Services at 295 Service Road, according to a Sandwich fire official. Sandwich fire Capt. Robert Black said a 100 foot by 500 foot pile of wood chips as well as nearly half an acre of brush had been scorched in the blaze.
No one was on scene and there were no injuries or damage to any buildings, Black said. The fire was contained by noon and firefighter where wetting down the area into the early afternoon. Fire left the scene around 2:30 p.m., said Black.
New Bedford Waste Services is a solid waste company but leases the part of the property where the fire occurred to P.A. Landers, which uses it to grind stumps for mulch, New Bedford Waste Services president Michael Camara said.
â€œIn the transfer area we don’t have any of that type of material,â€ Camara said, adding that P.A. Landers mulch piles are a good distance from trees.
Centerville-Osterville-Marstons-Mills, Cotuit, West Barnstable, Bourne, Mashpee, and Massachusetts Military Reservation fire crews all aided Sandwich with the fire.The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Black said.