Diamond Recycling’s wood chip and compost facility burned Sunday afternoon, sending flames 100 feet into the air off Diamond Street south of Gowen Field near Orchard Street. Although fire investigators have yet to respond, spontaneous combustion is a likely cause. Gates were locked, forcing first responders to cut chains with bolt cutters.
Fire burning in stacks of debris piled as high as 25 feet and nearly 100 yards square created a challenge to firefighters who responded with engines, ladder trucks, and water tenders. Several structures were threatened by the flames, but a “defensive attack” saved the buildings. The GUARDIAN was on the scene even before firefighters arrived and recorded these dramatic images (the most dramatic images were actually after Boise FD arrived).
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