VIDEO: A garbage pile caught on fire at Spokane's Waste to Energy facility near the airport Wednesday evening requiring Spokane firefighters to combat hazardous conditions.
According to the City of Spokane Fire Department, crews responded about 5:19 p.m. to the facility on South Geiger Road and located a pile of garbage on the main floor.
Firefighters say the garbage created toxic smoke which made visibility difficult. Specialized foam was deployed but unable to put out the fire.
The smoke from the burning garbage created an additional challenge for firefighters who were required to use breathing apparatuses and refill air supply at 15–20-minute intervals.
Spokane Fire says no injuries were reported.
While the cause is still unknown, facility employees told firefighters fire frequently start there due to improperly disposed lithium-ion batteries.