A recent fire at the Ashley County Landfill burned not only trash and waste material, but county equipment as well.

Quorum Court Justice Bob Rush said the county’s packer machine was burned in the fire, and that while the county’s insurance will cover most of the cost of a replacement, another $7,000 would be needed to cover the gap.

Ashley County Judge Jim Hudson said the county has no way to know how the fire started. The blaze happened July 4, at which time the landfill was closed.

“We were out there all day on the Fourth and all day the next day,” Hudson said.

The Hamburg, Fountain Hill and Milo fire departments responded to the incident and sprayed a significant amount of water, but Hudson said smothering the fire was ultimately how it was brought under control.

“You can squirt as much water on it as you want, but it won’t go out unless you put dirt on it,” he said. 

Rush said the county will be able to buy a used packer with the insurance money and the additional $7,000 appropriation. 

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