Trash

Firefighters from Rural/Metro put out a burning truckload of trash on Thursday morning after it was dumped into a waste collection service's parking lot.

Firefighters from Rural/Metro put out a burning truckload of trash on Thursday morning after it was dumped into a waste collection service's parking lot.

Rural/Metro spokesperson Charly McMurdie said firefighters responded to the Allied Waste Service yard, located at 3040 S. Avenue 3-1/2E in Yuma, at about 11:40 a.m. for a report of a fire in the company's yard.

McMurdie explained that the truck had been out on a route collecting garbage from nearby customers and that the driver noticed smoke coming from the rear of his vehicle when he arrived back at the company.

The quick-thinking driver then dumped the entire load into a large pile of trash in the middle of the yard.

When firefighters arrived on scene moments later, they found the pile burning and flames showing. The fire was extinguished within minutes.

"They made quick work of it," McMurdie said.

There were no injuries as a result of the fire, and McMurdie said the cause remains unknown.

James Gilbert can be reached at jgilbert@yumasun.com or 539-6854. Find him on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/YSJamesGilbert or on Twitter @YSJamesGilbert.

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