Scrapper Arrested After Second Trash Fire
November 21, 2014 — GARY (AP) — Gary police say a 49-year-old businessman who admitted setting the trash fire that led to a nine-day blaze at a privately-owned compost operation near the airport has been arrested after an open fire.
Lieutenant Thomas Pawlak says scrap metal dealer Edwin Torres Diaz of Hammond is charged with criminal recklessness and violating a restraining order. Police officers found Diaz standing over a smoky fire Wednesday afternoon and another fire burning nearby.
Diaz admitted said he was burning trash at his Gary business on November 3rd when it sparked a fire in the compost piles at the Green Tree Enterprises next door, just east of the Gary/Chicago International Airport. The compost burned for nine days.
[Photo: GreenTree Enterprises compost firefighting efforts earlier this month, courtesy The AP]