VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – It took firefighters six hours to get a mulch fire under control near Taylor Farm Road and Mulch Landing Road Saturday afternoon.
Virginia Beach dispatch said the call came in around 12:30 p.m.
“You could just see a tornado of smoke coming up and it was about a good, maybe, quarter mile wide of just a wall of smoke coming up,” said Kent Weidlich, who was driving by the area.
Officials tell 10 On Your Side there were acres of mulch, several stories high.
Virginia Beach Fire Battalion Chief William Skelaney, said they had ten crews working the scene.
“The hardest part is getting to the base of the fire and the only way to do that is to actually physically dig it up,” said Skelaney.
The fire department utilized their new drones during the fire.
Officials say there were no injuries reported. Crews will continue to monitor the pile throughout the night.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.On Nov. 29 of last year, crews responded to a large mulch fire in the same area. Crews also responded to a excavator fire in the area on Jan. 10.