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Mulch pile fire could smolder for days (video)

By Victoria Advocate
April 19, 2013 at 7:02 a.m.
Updated April 19, 2013 at 11:20 p.m.

Smoke rises from a smoldering fire at the Garden-Ville compost facility at the Victoria landfill. Darryl Lesak, Victoria's director of Environmental Services,  was on the scene with Victoria firefighters. "A pile caught fire and is only smoldering now; we are working to smother it. It was never out of control," Lesak said.

The mulch fire at the Garden-Ville compost facility could smolder for days.

The fire was contained to the site but continued to burn the exposed mulch and debris.

The fire is not in an area where people drop off items at the landfill. The landfill is open and operating as normal, according to a news release from the city of Victoria.

Victoria firefighters responded to the fire on Farm-to-Market Road 1686 near Bloomington about 4 a.m. Friday, said Roger Hempel, Victoria Fire Department battalion chief.

Representatives from Texas Disposal System, the company that operates the compost facility, arrived with large bulldozers to help smother the fire, according to the news release.

The fire is expected to produce a large volume of smoke and may smolder for several days.

Dr. Bain Cate, Victoria Health Department director, recommends all residents in the area with chronic respiratory disease avoid exposure to the smoke and stay indoors if at all possible, according to the news release.

The Victoria Fire Department's tanker truck is on standby at the compost facility until the fire is out.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to the news release.

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