EAST LIVERPOOL - Several piles of burning refuse and wood chips were responsible for the plume of thick, white smoke that billowed out of Jethro Hollow on the west side of East Liverpool on Wednesday afternoon.
Bob Smith, assistant fire chief with the East Liverpool Fire Department, said a mattress and other refuse were mixed in with two large piles of mulched wood that smoldered and burned most of Wednesday. The smoke was clearly visible to motorists driving south on state Route 7 toward Wellsville, though prevailing winds sent most of it across the river into West Virginia.
In fact, Smith said it was a phone call from a Newell resident that finally attracted his department's attention to the fire at 5:15 p.m. "A couple of people said they had seen it, but nobody called," he said. One pumper truck was sent to the scene, and the crew had it extinguished by 5:35 p.m. "More of a nuisance than anything," Smith said. Still, he pointed out that open fires are illegal within city limits.
Thick smoke from a refuse fire in Jethro Hollow drifted across the Ohio River on Wednesday afternoon. The fire was extinguished by the East Liverpool Fire Department with no damage and no injuries. (Photo by Richard Sberna)
The owner of the property at the end of Leonard Street was unknown, as was a cause for the fire. No buildings are on the property, and there was no damage to the surrounding trees.