Crews continue to battle landfill fire in Eastern Henrico

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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – A landfill fire that's been going more than 24 hours is pretty much out at this hour in Henrico. Crews have been at the landfill on Darbytown Road in the eastern part of the county since one o'clock Tuesday.

The flames escalated overnight. The fire is contained, but this could be an active scene for days.

Overnight flames from an East End landfill fire lit up the night sky. Wednesday Army National Guard helicopters were brought in to drop water on the flames as neighbors watched nearby.

"Oh no, you don't see that every day. You don't see that every day," said neighbor Marion Gardner. "The smoke is so bad it kind of burns your eyes when you come out the door."

Firefighters initially put the fire out when it first started Tuesday. And while smoke was seen billowing in the air fire crews tell us the smoke isn't a danger. They spent most of the morning trying to smother the fire.

"It takes time to get that dirt hauled in and there is some large equipment work out there on that huge hill. Safety is our number one key," said Chris Buehren with the Henrico County Fire Department.

Waste and construction demolition materials, like wood and concrete products are burning. There are no health or environmental concerns at this point since crews are not hosing down the fire and there is no water runoff. Neighbors are not in any danger but firefighters gave them this warning.

"We urge people to use caution. If it's bothering them to get inside, close the windows and close the doors," Buehren said.

There is no word on what caused this fire just yet but we're told that there was a suspected arson fire here just a few years ago. And even when the fire is out crews say it could smolder for a couple of days.

A spokesperson for the Henrico County Fire Department says that they likely will not be able to determine a cause of this fire for a while simply because there is just so much debris. There is nothing indicating that this fire was intentionally set.

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