Brush Fire Still Burning, Borelli Farm Punished [Update]

Land owners are breaking up the ever burning hurricane debris.

Update at 10:25 a.m. on April 20

The state has hit the owners of Borelli Farm with a violation, reports the New Haven Register. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection alleges the farm had a solid waste facility with no permit.

Original Story

According to Lieutenant David Obier of the North Haven Fire Department, the April 10 brush fire at Borelli Farm in Northford is still burning. 

Obier estimated that the brush fire covered around five acres and started in a very large pile of debris from the hurricane. He says the fire was most likely started due to spontaneous combustion and spread due to heat, dry air and winds

Around 50 firefighters were on site to battle the flames for upwards of 16 hours, but they have since left the fire to burn out as Borelli Farms brings in excavators to dismantle the vast amount of storm debris. 

"We haven't seen anything like this recently," said Obier, "but we have in the past, like at Peter's Rock. They're everywhere right now, though."

Jim April 22, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Thankfully this is not coal country. Does anyone remember Centralia PA?
North Havener April 23, 2012 at 12:10 AM
We tell people to stop smoking because it's bad for our health. People die from smoke inhalition and get burned from fire. It's not just about North Haven as we all breath the same air, so all towns in the area are effected by the fire still burning. We are told that burning of leaves is not toxic, by some people? Add that to the pollution already in the air and who knows what chemical effect that creates? Everyone knows that smoke in itself is toxic to everyone. Those in the "Sensitive Groups'' aren't having their concerns listened to? The ones suffering from it, are often told to shut-up and stop complaining? Maybe if they suffered from allergies, asthma and other respiratory conditions, some would take it more seriously to do something about it?
North Havener April 23, 2012 at 01:01 AM
The Town of North Haven dumped debris from the last 2 major storms of 2011 on the Borrelli Farm last year. The debris came from the Town creating a pile 70 ft high. As the pile began composting Mike Freda our First Selectmen saw an opportunity to make money from it by selling the composted material. It became a business proposition for the Borelli Farm owners and Town to PROFIT from. As many times before, Mike Freda thought he could fool mother nature, but she tricked him into turning his compost pile into remnants of the fire. His brown gold turned to BLACK waste and his idea went up in smoke.
North Havener April 23, 2012 at 01:19 AM
It effected everyone's health from smoke in the air, while also contaminating ground water/soil from firefighting water run-off. The Borelli Farm owners appear to be the only one's at fault when the Town played a major role building the pile with debris coming from the Town that eventually started the fire. The Town allowed it without permits and dumped Town debris on it. They were in violation, too. Freda was an accomplice to committing this crime, as I see it, knowing it was a joint business venture between the Town and the Borelli Farm. Now, that the profit is not there and the Borelli Farm may get a hefty fine, Mike Freda doesn't want any part of it? He distances himself from the issue, eventhough it was like a business partnership up to the point where the fire started. This is what Mike Freda likes to do to people. This is typical of his character. He uses them and then turns the blame onto them when things go wrong? I feel the Town needs to share some of the responsibility for contributing to this fire. Not that I feel taxpayers should be penalized for this, financially, but Mike Freda needs to be blamed for him fueling the fire with material coming from the Town of North Haven. North Haven taxpayers deserve some relief by Mike Freda and other Town Employees paying for it out of thier own pockets - everyone involved in this business venture needs to pay up for the firefighting, DEP expenses, clean-up and fines.


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