BATH - The Bath Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched for a smoke investigation in the area of the Steuben County landfill at 3:12 a.m. Monday morning.
As the first officer Assistant Chief Joe Washburn broke the crest of the hill on Turnpike Road near the Moore Road intersection 2 miles from the scene, a flank of flames could be seen moving across the top of the landfill.
Washburn immediately requested to dispatch again for a working fire and started calling for mutual aid from nearby departments for water tankers and brush trucks.
There were no structures involved but there was two pieces of heavy equipment that were kept protected until landfill personnel could move them from the immediate area.
The fire was called under control by Bath Fire Chief Matt Glashauser at 7:43 a.m. and all fire units cleared the scene by 8:28am.
The county landfill employees will be digging through the pile throughout the day and using water trucks to continue extinguishing and hot spots they may find.
The landfill was open for business by 10:30 a.m.
The cause of the fire is undetermined.