The Medford Fire Department responded to a fire at Gershow Recycling, 71 Peconic Avenue in Medford, on Thursday, Nov. 30 at 2:59 p.m. Upon arrival the chief reported a “large and deep-seated rubbish fire” with multiple exposure issues.
Mutual aid was requested from all surrounding departments and with the help of the neighboring, the Medford fire Department, placed the incident under control at 5:52 p.m.
“The Medford Fire Department would like to thank all Mutual Aid Departments along with the Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshal’s office for their swift response and assets,” the department released in a statement.
Responding agencies included: Medford FD- 30, 31, 32, E12, E7, E1, FP20, FP14., Medford Ambulance, Shirley Ambulance Rehab Unit, Yaphank- Tower Ladder, North Patchogue- Tower Ladder, Hagerman- Tower Ladder, Holtsville- Engine, Farmingville- Engine, Selden- Standby truck, Patchogue- Standby engine, Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshals, Suffolk County FRES, Suffolk County Police Dept, and MTA Police.
“A fire broke out in a pile of steel that was brought in by customers to be processed by the site's shredder,” John Zaher, a Gershow spokesperson said. “Thanks to the quick response of the firefighters, they were able to get the fire under control. No structures were endangered and no one was injured.”
The TOB Fire Marshal’s Office and the Suffolk County Police Arson Squad are investigating the cause of the fire.