Fire Chief George says he believes the fire was accidental in nature and could have possibly started from a damaged battery that caught fire in the recycling material. Although, he says, the true origin of the fire may never be known. Apalachin Fire Chief Mike George told 12 News Monday that it was the “largest fire in modern day Tioga County history.” He says over 1 million gallons of water was used to fight the fire. Over 600 tons of material burned, he says, but there is no danger to the public. The Department of Environmental Conservation responded to the scene and sent a statement to 12 News saying, “No chemical releases from the site were observed”, and that it would continue to monitor the cleanup. APALACHIN (WBNG) — More than 50 vehicles from 30 different fire departments from Broome and Tioga counties responded to a blaze at the Taylor Garbage Recycling Facility Friday evening. Fire officials say the fire is still smoldering as of Monday morning, too. Taylor Garbage sent a statement to 12 News, saying it was grateful for the public support and that normal operations and pickup will continue as normal. The fire chief says the fire started shortly after 5 p.m. and was noticed by a passerby. He says the call for multiple units to respond began immediately after flames were spotted coming out of a bay door.