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Lessons Learned from Orange County Mulch Fire

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The mulch fire Tuesday in Orange County left some lingering lessons for fire crews and the water authority.

The ashes are still smoking at Williams Lawn Care and Landscaping off Route 15. The volunteer fire department ended up using about a million and a half gallons of water to put out the flames.

Captain Buckshot Clements of the Orange County Volunteer Fire Department said, "The water plant people learned a whole bunch about something like this happening. They were surprised at how much water could be drawn at one time, how much could be used, and they haven't run into this situation before and they said it was great. It was good learning for them."

Fire engines will need some serious repair in the coming weeks thanks to heavy smoke damage from the burning mulch. But Chief Clements says the business owner is doing a good job of cleaning up the property.

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