Glasgow firefighters were called at 9:39 a.m. today to the city landfill, 400 Glen Garry Road, for a fire in one of the trash piles.

Firefighters could see heavy black smoke while they were on their way to the site. When they arrived, firefighters were greeted by a large fire, according to a release from GFD chief Tony Atwood.

The department asked for help from Haywood, South Barren and East Barren Fire Departments for a tanker and a brush truck.

Firefighters were able to get within only 400 feet of the fire because of its remoteness and lack of access for the fire trucks. The main body of the fire was knocked down in about 20 minutes, but it took 90 minutes to completely extinguish the fire with the help of landfill employees. Employees used a track hoe and bulldozer which was used to move and uncover the fire so it would be easier to put out.

The cause of the fire was accidental, and, according to witnesses at the scene, some of the material that had been dumped at the landfill, was being moved and compacted when it caught fire, according to the release.

The damage was limited to trash contained in the landfill and there were no injuries reported.

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