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State fire marshal investigates East Hampton blaze

December 15, 2018

EAST HAMPTON — The state fire marshal is investigating a Friday night fire at Belltown Recycling Center.

East Hampton Fire Chief Greg Voelker said the state investigation was launched to determine how the fire started in two dumpsters filled with old dishwashers, washing machines and other “light metals.”

“It’s pretty unusual,” for a fire to start in that manner, he added.

The fire at the privately owned recycling center at 24 Coach Road, started about 7:45 p.m. Firefighters were on the scene until about 11 p.m. Voelker said.

The fire was fully involved when we got there. There was a building close by,” Voelker said, “that we kept from burning.”

There were no injuries.

Four fire departments from adjacent towns were called in to provide tanker trucks, Voelker said, because there is no water in the area. The East Hampton department does not own any tankers, he added.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was called in as well, Voekler said, to keep contaminated water runoff from the fire from entering nearby wetlands.

The recycling center provides “junk car (and) scrap metal removal” and sells used auto parts, according to its website.

The center is owned by Fowlers Auto Wrecking, property records show. An employee declined to respond to questions about the fire.

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