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May 27, 2013 10:23 PM by Tony Spehar - tspehar@koaa.com

Crews contain fire at Midway Landfill

Firefighters spent much of Monday afternoon battling a fire at the Midway Landfill.

The fire broke out before 3 p.m. and crews from the Hanover Fire Department quickly surrounded and contained the fire.  They estimate the fire grew as large as 10-acres.

High winds complicated efforts to extinguish the flames and sent a large plume of smoke billowing into surrounding areas, thankfully none of the fumes were believed to have been toxic and dissipated quickly.

Waste Management crews and firefighters worked together using bulldozers and other heavy equipment to smother the fire under tons of loose dirt.  The pile was then doused with thousands of gallons of water.

The cause of the fire is unknown, but it is suspected that a discarded barbecue grill or fireplace ashes might have been smoldering when dumped on the trash pile.

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