Investigators have yet to determine what caused a fire that destroyed a garbage transfer station in Mark Twain on Monday.
Central Lyon County Battalion Chief Bob Kielty said firefighters were called out to the metal building on Enterprise Way at about 6:30 p.m. When crews arrived, the trash inside the three-sided building and a front loader were engulfed. The property and machinery, which Kielty called a "total loss," is owned by Waste Management which contracts with Lyon County to handle the counties refuse.
He said a state fire marshal was called in to help with the investigation, but preliminarily it appears that "somebody dumped something that was hot."
With the aide of Storey County Fire and the Bureau of Land Management, the blaze was contained to the structure, said Kielty.
"Last night the (Lyon County) Building Department basically condemned it for further occupancy. They'll have to get an engineer out there to inspect it, to determine if its structurally sound because of the high heat and flames that were on those steel beams," he said.
Calls to Waste Management were not immediately returned on Tuesday.