No injuries were reported and damage was minimal after trash on a semi trailer began burning Thursday at the City of Murray transfer station on KY 121 about four miles northwest of Murray.
Calloway County Fire-Rescue responded to the transfer station at about 10:30 a.m., and arrived to find that the semi trailer had been moved out of an indoor receiving area, enabling firefighters to have better access to the flames. CCFR Assistant Chief Danny Williams said the blaze was a bit difficult to fight, as it required physically investigating nearly every sack on the trailer.
“It looks like someone just left something burning inside one of those sacks and that’s how it happened,” Williams said. “Really, though, things went well with this one. No one was injured, and the trailer is still going to be operational.
“So, all things considered, everybody was pretty pleased out there.”
Williams said CCFR units were on the scene for about two hours total. He said CCFR responded with four trucks and about 15 firefighters.
Phillip Morris, operations maintenance supervisor for the City of Murray, had high praise for CCFR at Thursday night’s Murray City Council meeting.
“I would just like for everyone here if they see anybody from Calloway County Fire-Rescue to thank them for their professional, quick and very, very good service,” Morris said to council members. “I just wanted to take this opportunity because I didn't get a chance to thank them (Thursday) afternoon. I left and they were still involved in it. It was just a pleasure (to see how well they responded). I got out there probably 10 minutes after I got the phone call, and one of them was already there assessing the scene, and by the time I turned around three times, there were two or three trucks and crews jumping out of the trucks putting on their uniforms.
“It was just a good experience to see that. They’ve always worked with us when we’ve had a fire out there, but (Thursday) it was just really good to see everything happen as it happened, so to speak. I would just like for any of you all who see them to thank them. Thank them for their service.”