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Fire at the landfill may have been smoldering for years

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NEW LONDON -- Spontaneous combustion, or embers unintentionally buried among construction materials, may have started a four-day fire at Kandiyohi County landfill.

The true cause may never be known, said Jeff Bredberg, director of Kandiyohi County environmental services, but he said it's possible the fire could've been smoldering for years before a thin stream of smoke was discovered coming from the ground on Thursday.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
(320) 894-9750
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