The Tacoma Fire Department knocked down a blaze at the Tacoma Recovery and Transfer Center shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday, May 30.
The department received a call at 7:05 p.m. that several trailers were on fire at the garbage transfer station, said Tacoma Fire Department Battalion Chief Allen Estes. The transfer center is on Mullen Street near the border of Tacoma and Fircrest. The fire sent a thick column of black smoke into the sky.
Several engines and support vehicles arrived at the fire less than 10 minutes later, he said. Crews were delayed by a locked gate, which Estes said crews broke to enter.
Fire crews saw one trailer full of refuse was on fire, and it rested between others. A solid waste worker moved the adjacent trailers away.
Estes said the 45-foot-long trailer appeared to be full of vegetation. The fire was under control by 7:40 p.m. Estes said he did not know the cause of the fire.