Md. incinerator plant fire continues to burn after 36 hours

Montgomery County firefighters remain on the scene of a Maryland incinerator plant fire that started on Thursday. (Courtesy Pete Piringer)
Montgomery County firefighters remain on the scene of a Maryland incinerator plant fire that started Thursday. (Courtesy Pete Piringer) (Courtesy Pete Piringer)
Some firefighters have been engages for over 36 hours, Montgomery County Fire spokesman Pete Piringer said. (Courtesy Pete Piringer)
Some firefighters have been engaged for over 36 hours, Montgomery County Fire spokesman Pete Piringer said. (Courtesy Pete Piringer) (Courtesy Pete Piringer)
Hundreds of firefighters have been at rotation on the scene of an incinerator plant fire in Maryland that started Thursday. (Courtesy Pete Piringer)
Hundreds of firefighters have been on rotation at the scene of an incinerator plant fire in Maryland that started Thursday. (Courtesy Pete Piringer) (Courtesy Pete Piringer)
Montgomery County firefighters remain on scene at the Resource Recovery Facility at 21204 Martinsburg Road in Maryland. (Courtesy Pete Piringer)
Montgomery County firefighters remain on scene at the Resource Recovery Facility at 21204 Martinsburg Road in Maryland. (Courtesy Pete Piringer) (Courtesy Pete Piringer)
Portions of exterior siding was removed for exterior fire suppression to support crane operations and increase visibility, Montgomery County Fire spokesperson Pete Piringer said. (Courtesy Pete Piringer)
Portions of exterior siding were removed for exterior fire suppression to support crane operations and increase visibility, Montgomery County Fire spokesperson Pete Piringer said. (Courtesy Pete Piringer) (Courtesy Pete Piringer)
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Montgomery County firefighters remain on the scene of a Maryland incinerator plant fire that started on Thursday. (Courtesy Pete Piringer)
Some firefighters have been engages for over 36 hours, Montgomery County Fire spokesman Pete Piringer said. (Courtesy Pete Piringer)
Hundreds of firefighters have been at rotation on the scene of an incinerator plant fire in Maryland that started Thursday. (Courtesy Pete Piringer)
Montgomery County firefighters remain on scene at the Resource Recovery Facility at 21204 Martinsburg Road in Maryland. (Courtesy Pete Piringer)
Portions of exterior siding was removed for exterior fire suppression to support crane operations and increase visibility, Montgomery County Fire spokesperson Pete Piringer said. (Courtesy Pete Piringer)

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of firefighters have been on rotation at the scene of a fire that broke out at a Maryland incinerator plant Thursday evening and was still burning early Saturday, officials said.

Firefighters arrived at the Resource Recovery Facility incinerator plant on 21204 Martinsburg Road in Dickerson, Maryland, to find an 85-foot-high pile of trash on fire, Montgomery County Fire spokesman Pete Piringer said. The fire was spreading to the building, he said.

Piringer said firefighters quickly controlled the blaze, taking down several walls of the facility.

Some firefighters had been at the site of the fire for more than 48 hours, and others are expected to stay there all day Saturday.

No firefighters have been injured.

WTOP’s Sae Robinson contributed to this report.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of the headline said the fire continued to burn after 48 hours. Fire officials said they were at the scene for over 48 hours. The fire has been ongoing for over 36 hours.

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