Mulch fire continues to burn in Antioch; Flames contained

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Although a mulch fire continued to burn Monday in Antioch, fire officials say the flames are contained.

District Chief Paul King told News 2 the fire started Sunday but was under control. The dry conditions, he noted, led to it getting out of control again on Monday.

Firefighters were able to contain the flames around 9:15 a.m. but the mulch continues to burn.

It’s burning underground, about 50 feet deep, after the compost self-combusted.

“The ground usually has enough moisture in it to take care of this type of situation, but since it’s been so dry since September, the ground has dried out, and this stuff started decomposing faster, which caused it to create its own fire. It started itself, to self-combust”, District Chief King explained.

Officials told News 2 that there are no hydrants near the fire, leading to some issues getting water to the area. Ultimately, it was brought in on trucks to help put out the flames.

Officials also cutting back nearby dry grass to keep it contained.

Crews were expected to remain on the scene for several hours Monday.

Burkitt Road near Nolensville Road and Interstate 24 was also closed to motorists Monday morning due to the fire.