Mount Prospect, IL – Garbage fire contained by sprinkler system; No injuries reported

A garbage fire erupted during the late evening hours of Tuesday, May 1 on Mount Prospect’s south side, which fire officials believe was related to dry weather conditions.

According to Fire Chief Brian Lambel, crews around 10:30 p.m. responded to an active fire alarm at the Republic garbage transfer station, 1701 Kenneth Dr., where they observed heavy fire and smoke coming from the one-story facility.

Lambel said the building was unoccupied with its sprinkler system activated. At the time crews arrived on the scene, Lambel said winds were gusting between 20-30 mph.

Crews sifted through the garbage piles and moved them elsewhere in the open air building. They were eventually able to spray water deeper into the piles. The fire was declared under control within 20 minutes of crews arriving, Lambel said, but firefighters remained on the scene until around 1 a.m. Wednesday.

Lambel said the fire was not suspicious in nature and he believes the garbage that was compressed, along with the dry weather conditions, ignited the flames. Things that are compressed give off heat, he said. However, the actual cause remains undetermined.

No injuries were reported and damage was estimated at $10,000.

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