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Trash fire puts on show

POSTED: October 14, 2008 5:00 a.m.
Photo by Patty Leon/

HFD Capt. Andy Fowler walks to one of the fire trucks that responded to a fire that broke out in a pile of cardboard and pallets that were to be recycled behind Wal-Mart Saturday afternoon.

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Shoppers at Wal-Mart got more than they bargained for Saturday afternoon as smoke filled the sky behind the store and flames shot nearly 100 feet in the air.

According to Hinesville Fire Capt. Andy Fowler, the fire department received calls from dispatch around 3:40 p.m. By 4, four engines from the Hinesville Fire Department were on scene trying to extinguish the fire in what appeared to be a pile of papers bailed up for recycling and stacked pallets by the dumpsters.

An apartment building adjacent to the fire was evacuated and sustained exterior heat damage as the fire melted the vinyl siding. The store remained open for business and no injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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