Overnight fire keeps firefighters working into the early morning

A fire April 23 at the Waste Management's transfer facility, 5200 W. Ina Road, kept firefighters from Northwest Fire/Rescue District working into the early morning hours to completely extinguish and overhaul hotspots.

A fire sprinkler alarm was received by Northwest dispatchers at 11:51 p.m., sending a single-engine company to the location to investigate the fire alarm. While en route, Marana police arrived at the scene and reported large amounts of black smoke emitting from the facility's waste-transfer station.

At the peak of the fire, there were 24 firefighters at the scene.

Crews worked for more than five hours in conjunction with crews from the Town of Marana to use heavy equipment to remove the trash from the enclosed facility and allow firefighters to extinguish and cool hot spots. Representatives from Tucson Water were also called to the scene to assist commanders with the increased water flow needs.

The transfer station is used by Waste Management to store collected garbage from daily routes driven by garbage trucks until the trash is loaded onto larger over-the-road haul trucks to bring the trash to landfills outside of the Tucson area. Waste Management officials have worked with the Northwest Fire District to place sprinklers into the transfer facility as a result of previous fires several years ago. The sprinkler system was activated and worked to keep the fire "in check" until fire crews arrived to continue to extinguish the blaze.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Damage estimates from Waste Management officials were not available.

Dispose of dangerous pharmaceuticals April 30 in Marana

The Marana Police Department is teaming with the Drug Enforcement Administration to give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs.

On April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the DEA and its partners will hold its second National Prescription Drug Take-Back at sites all across Arizona, including the Target store at Ina and Thornydale. The service is free and anonymous.

Proper prescription and over-the-counter drug disposal is an emerging environmental issue. As with any household waste, the disposal method chosen can affect safety and the health of the environment.

Last September, Arizonans turned in more than 6,200 pounds of prescription drugs at nearly 75 sites operated by more than 33 of DEA's state and local law enforcement partners. The agency hopes to collect even more this spring by opening the event to long term care facilities.

The public can find a nearby collection site by visiting www.dea.gov, clicking on the "Got Drugs?" icon and following the links to a database.

Visit the DEA's interactive website on the dangers of legal and illegal drugs at www.justthinktwice.com or the local chapter of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America website at www.drugfreeaz.org.




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