Landfill Fire Fills Neighborhoods With Smoke

January 21, 2013

A landfill fire is sending smoke and ash into adjacent neighborhoods in the Ensley area.

The fire broke out Friday night at the Cove Landfill on Raymer Street, directly behind Pine Meadow Elementary School. Area fire departments  and landfill employees continued to work to contain the fire Saturday and Sunday, and the Florida Forest Service responded.

Just before noon Sunday, the Forest Service reported the fire to be about 2-3 acres in size with little advancement.  Just after noon, fire crews from Ensley and Cantonment were called back to the scene to assist the forest service in battling the blaze.

The Forest Service said smoke will continue for some time in parts of the area. Residents in the immediate area report ash falling from the sky and covering vehicles.


8 Responses to “Landfill Fire Fills Neighborhoods With Smoke”

  1. 9 ½ Mile Rd. on January 24th, 2013 8:42 pm

    A resident on nine and half mile rd. was picked up by ambulance at 7:15am this morning with trouble breathing. This resident is now in I.C.U. on resperator due to the smoke from this landfill, confirmed by medical doctors at the local regional hospital.
    This issue is not being handled with the concerns of the community and the students in the surrounding community. This landfill most definitely needs to be addressed to being closed down as soon as possible.

  2. Dee Dee Green on January 22nd, 2013 11:39 am

    this problem has been going on for years at this pit it is terrible. My house smells like smoke. Even without the fire the smell is always pretty bad and sets alergies off.

  3. awful smell on January 22nd, 2013 7:19 am

    This is terrible. The school smells like smoke and the children are going to have to breathe this in every day. When it’s not smoky there is an awful stench that the children and teachers are having to breathe every day. This is not healthy! There is NO reason for a landfill to be by a school.

  4. Ben Thar on January 21st, 2013 10:13 pm

    Yay…they just approved another landfill just like this in Molino. That’s OK, though…they promised it wouldn’t stink.

  5. Skeptical... on January 20th, 2013 8:02 pm

    I’ve never known a pile of greenery to put off a smell like this place puts off.

    It can be smelled a good 1/2 mile away. I’m sure it’s a natural smell, but it is really thick at night.

  6. me on January 20th, 2013 5:35 pm

    I just wanted to clarify that they do not grind anything at that landfill. They are just for debris to be dumped……

    Also The main people that have been fighting the fire are the employees that work there.

  7. puddin on January 20th, 2013 5:25 pm

    so thats what that smell is. I wondered. Thanks for clearing that up for me.

  8. Old smelly on January 20th, 2013 3:23 pm

    I’m really surprised this pit is allowed to do what they’re doing adjacent directly to a school…much less surrounded by homes.

    In the last six months, the smell from this pit has gotten really noticeable, especially at night. I believe they’re grinding vegetative matter…which really gives off a strong smell when drying/decaying/etc.

    Next time you drive down hwy 29, roll down your windows between 9 1/2 Mile and 10 Mile Roads…you’ll smell it.

    Hey new County Commissioner and school board member…could you look into this for us?

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