Fire destroys all six Oberlin garbage and recycle trucks

City rents trucks to continue refuse pick-up

OBERLIN, Ohio - A fire at the city of Oberlin's Refuse Garage at 538 Hillcreek Drive Saturday destroyed all six of the city's garbage and recycle trucks.

An Oberlin police officer refueling his vehicle nearby discovered the blaze and called it in at 12:14 a.m Saturday.

Nearly 19 firefighters from Oberlin and Wellington battled the blaze. There were no injuries in the fire. The cause remains under investigation.

City officials have rented two refuse trucks that will allow residential and commercial garbage pick-up to go on as scheduled this week.

Recycling pick-up for residents, however, will temporarily stop while officials work on short-term and long-term plans.

"If they (residents) put out recycling, just now, it's going to end up in the garbage because we just don't have the ability to haul it in the short-term," said Oberlin public works director Jeff Baumann.

City officials will inventory all equipment to determine an exact dollar loss, but they estimated the value of the six large vehicles and accessory equipment between $1.5 and $2 million.


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