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City Tree, Leaves & Grass Disposal Site Catches Fire

(Le Mars) -- Fire fighters worked through the night battling a fire at the City's Tree, Leaf, and Grass disposal site located on the west side of town near the Riverview ball parks.  The call came in at about 7:24 p.m. and it wasn't long before the entire area of dry tree limbs and the leaf pile was fully engulfed with an inferno, creating one giant bon fire.  The fire glowed during the evening darkness and could be seen for several miles. Fire chief Dave Schipper says their first concern were the mobile homes just west of the scene.
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Schipper says the next goal of the fire officials were to contain the fire, knowing they would not be able to extinguish the blaze.



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The Le Mars Fire chief suspects the fire may have started as a result of ashes being dumped at the site.

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The Le Mars Fire Chief says they were fortunate in several ways. One was the fact the wind was blowing from the right direction, and second, the fire was isolated, and third, there was a fire hydrant within close proximity allowing fire officials to tap into the city water supply.

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Schipper anticipates the fire will continue to burn and smolder for several days.  Due to that fire, Le Mars mayor, Dick Kirchoff has closed the area until further notice.  Residents with grass clippings, leaves, or tree limbs will have to dispose them at the Plymouth County Landfill.  The Le Mars Public Works Department assisted the fire department with the fire.

 

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