Daily Item, The (Lynn, MA)Massive fire strikes Peabody areaPeaboDy Blaze could burn for days with damage estimated at $1 millionLaura Paine The Daily ItemPublished: June 21, 2010A general alarm fire in Peabody caused an estimated $1 million in damages at a recycling business Sunday afternoon and is expected to burn for several days after its containment.Peabody Fire Chief Steven Pasdon said he expected the fire to be contained by last evening, butthat firefighters would work for several days to completely put out the fire because it appears to be burning under "heavy mulch." Police received a telephone call from a passerby around 3:30 p.m. in the area of Farm Street, behind the Department of Public Services building. Seven to 10acres of brush were ignited by a large mulch fire which also destroyed two front-end loaders, awood chipper and a 3, 200 gallon fuel tank."We still have not gotten to the source of that tanker that could be holding 3, 200 gallons of diesel," Pasdon said during an early evening press briefing. "We are keeping everybody awayfrom it, we are wetting it down with water and we are trying to get a hold of the personresponsible to tell us how much fuel is in it." It had been reported that some of the equipmentinvolved in the fire belonged to J. B. Raymond Transportation, Woods Trucking as well as other companies.The two-alarm fire grew to a general alarm fire by 5:20 p.m.largely due to wind and dry conditions. A dozen outside companies worked with the PeabodyFire Department to try to tame the blaze, including Massachusetts Emergency ManagementAssociation, the state police, Lynnfield, Swampscott, Marblehead and Salem Fire, Rehab Unitsand the State Forestry Unit. There were no explosions early on, but Pasdon said units were"bracing for the worst." "Where we have the fuel tanker and the front-end loaders fueled bydiesel, we were concerned about that," he said."Might have had a tire or two (explode) but I don't know of any flammable liquid that ignited atthis time." Fire-suppressing foam was brought to the scene by the Peabody and Danversdepartments to douse the fire and smoke could be seen from miles away.One firefighter was transported to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation and high blood pressure. There were no other injuries reported at the press briefing."It could be worse," Pasdon said. "We have nobody seriously injured, we have no residentsthreatened, other than the motorists. We've taken care of the motorists. This is really a unifiedcommand incident." The fire forced the closure of the ramp from I-95 south to Route 128 northcausing traffic to be backed up through Topsfield.