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Trash Catches On Fire At Durant Landfill


DURANT, OK -- A landfill fire burned for several hours this morning, as some trash ignited into a stubborn and smoky blaze.

It started around 7:30 a.m. at the city landfill off South Ninth Avenue. Workers were moving some trash that had been dumped there a couple days ago when the fire started, city fire marshal Wade Boyd said.

Workers tried to put it out with a bulldozer and then called firefighters to help knock down the blaze which the wind was spreading. Boyd says they do not know the exact cause.

"There's so many things that've been dumped out there," says Boyd. "It could be coals or just decomposing agents out there so at this time we're not sure what caused it, but it had been sitting there for a couple of days. When they moved it, I guess it got enough oxygen that it caught on fire."

Workers dumped dirt on the fire to put it out. Firefighters left the scene around 11 a.m. on Wednesday. No one was hurt.