Flames and smoke fill the air from south Bloomington brush fire

A huge brush pile intended to be turned into mulch caught fire late Thursday night at Henson Recycling and Disposal on Tri Lakes Road. (Photo Courtesy Bloomington Township Fire Protection District Facebook)


By Howard Packowitz

BLOOMINGTON – People in south Bloomington were able to see flames and smoke shoot up into the air late Thursday night and early Friday morning because of a huge brush fire.

The brush was being turned into mulch at Henson Disposal and Recycling at 2148 Tri Lakes Rd., according to Bloomington Township Fire Chief Tom Willan.

“We had a 250 by 150 foot brush pile on fire. It was a lot of flame and a lot of smoke, but it’s nothing but a brush pile, and we put a lot of water on it,” said Willan.

Authorities blocked roads in the area so a hose could be connected from a hydrant at Hamilton Road and Bunn Street.

The cause of the blaze has not been determined. There were no injuries.

Firefighters got the call about 10:50 Thursday night. Downs, Dale and Randolph Townships were called to help Bloomington Township firefighters put out the fire.

Howard Packowitz can be reached at howard.packowitz@cumulus.com


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