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Numerous fire departments responded to a fire at Scott Waste Transfer Station, 55 Pleasant View Road, Auburn at approximately 6:28 p.m. this evening.

According to Jeff Gregory, Fire Chief for the Auburn City Fire Department and Incident Commander at the fire, the building which houses the trash is a “total loss.”

Gregory said when his department arrived there were flames in a corner of the structure where a front end loader was parked.

“We believe the fire may have started with the front end loader,” said Gregory.

After dumping over 60,000 gallons of water on the blaze, the fire is still burning.

“It’s probably going to take a couple of days to burn out,” said the fire chief. “There is someone out there now watching it.”

Scott Waste Services contracts with Logan County to handle its waste pickup and recycling. As part of the contract, Scott provides two free dump days per month for citizens to take their trash to the transfer station.

Other fire departments that responded to the fire included the Auburn Rural Fire Department, Russellville Rural Fire Department, Adairville Fire Department, Franklin-Simpson Fire Department, and Browning Fire Department.

Due to the fire, the station will be closed for at least a couple of days. Scott representatives have notified Logan County Solid Waste Coordinator Nathan Cockrill that free dump day this weekend will be canceled.

"We will keep everyone updated," said Cockrill on when the transfer station will resume operation. "Currently waste is still burning and they are trying to get the last fire out. They are also trying to get power restored today."

Scott Waste and state officials are looking into the cause which is speculated to involve a front end loader, according to the Auburn Fire Chief.