FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Fire crews in southeast Fort Worth responded to flames at a landfill early Tuesday. The fire was first reported just before 12:30 a.m. along Salt Road near Kennedale Parkway, and it continued to burn more than six hours later.
Officials said that it was large mulch pile which caught on fire, including unprocessed grass clippings and leaves. The area that was ablaze was also surrounded by processed mulch and wood pallets. According to the Fort Worth Fire Department, the area measured 300 feet long, 50 feet wide and 20 feet high in the tallest places.
There has been no word as to what caused the fire, and no injuries were reported.
Due to its location, it was not easy for emergency crews to get water to the fire. So, since the flames were contained to one area of the landfill, workers decided to simply let the grass and leaves burn out. Brush fire trucks were called in to isolate the blaze and prevent it from spreading to other debris piles.
As the fire continued throughout the Tuesday morning hours, people located more than 10 miles away from the southeast Fort Worth landfill reported a strong burning odor in the air.