Firefighters Battle Blaze at Transfer Station (PHOTOS)



Dozens of Montgomery County firefighters battled a fire involving a piece of equipment known as the, “Beast,” at the Transfer Station on Frederick Road in Derwood on Friday morning.

The horizontal grinder and mulching machine caught on fire as workers were recycling Christmas trees. The fire extended to the debris.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Spokesperson Pete Piringer said the machine is valued at nearly $1 million dollars, and will have to be replaced.

There were no injuries, Piringer said.

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