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Large illegal trash fire under investigation in Tompkins County

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Firefighters in Enfield were able to successfully put out a large, illegal trash fire this week. It was thanks in part to the support of the nearby Trumansburg Fire Department, who offered mutual aid.


The blaze was first spotted on Wednesday night by an off-duty dispatcher who reported a large outdoor fire with a distinctive plastic burning smell.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Police were notified due to the nature of the fire, which was eventually brought under control around 2 a.m. Thursday.

The collaborative efforts involved various fire services, Tompkins County 9-1-1, and Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office.

Two firefighters received minor injuries, treated at the scene.

The fire is currently under investigation, with Enfield VFC reminding the public that trash burning is illegal and dangerous, and advising the community to opt for safe disposal methods.