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Heavy smoke, stench results from fire at Clark-Floyd landfill

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BORDEN, Ind. (WDRB) -- A thick cloud of smoke that could be seen miles away resulted from a large garbage fire at the Clark-Floyd Landfill Sunday. It is often said that where there is smoke there is fire. Equally as true, where there is garbage on fire, there is smoke and stench.

"It is a little smelly out here, yes it is," said Major Karen Tweedy with the Sellersburg, Ind. Fire Department.

The fire, which broke out around 3:20 p.m., was fueled by burning garbage and tires. Four area fire departments responded and used more than 12,000 gallons of water to extinguish the fire, said Tweedy.

Tweedy was one of a dozen or more firefighters whose afternoon was interrupted by a massive cloud of smoke after word spread that the Clark-Floyd Landfill had caught fire. As of late Sunday night, there was still no word on a cause for the fire. No one was hurt.

"No, I had my granddaughters at home, I was doing yard work. This is not how I envisioned my Sunday," Tweedy said.

A constant chorus of generators hummed from tanker trucks that were forced to haul in thousands of gallons of water.

"It's garbage. There's no water supply back here. So we are having to get water from the main road out on Highway 60," Tweedy said.

Backhoes and dozers were used to move dirt over the smoldering remains while firefighters sprayed more water on the fire.

"When tires burn, they melt, and reintroduce oil from which they are made, back into the soil," said Alan Martin with the Clark County Health Department.

Martin said he found no air quality danger for surrounding neighborhoods, but was there to make sure the fire was put out.

"We try to watch out for the firemen and we all watch out for each other for respiratory exposure. You get your eyes, your ears, your mouth exposure... so that's a risk," Martin said.

Tweedy said with "garbage fires, there's just nothing you can do with them. All you can do is throw water and sit back and wait."

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