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A Thursday morning fire burned a football-field length of trash at First Piedmont Landfill in Ringgold.

The inferno, which burned cardboard boxes, wood pallets and other detritus, brought 300 feet of flames about 8 to 10 feet high, said Ringgold Fire & Rescue Chief Mike Neal. 

The fire, reported at about 5:45 a.m. Thursday at 1224 Clarks Mill Road, was in a half-moon shape, he said. 

"We were able to make access from the top side upwind of the fire," Neal said. 

First Piedmont employees loaded dump trucks with dirt, which they dumped and pushed over top of the fire, Neal said. 

"They were able to get in and drop dirt on it to smother it," Neal said. "We contained it pretty quick."

The fire was contained in about 30 to 45 minutes, he said. 

Eight fire departments from Ringgold, Kentuck, Keeling, Blairs, Mount Hermon, Turbeville in Halifax County, Milton and Semora in Caswell County, North Carolina, responded to the fire. 

About 40 personnel, 13 fire trucks and an ambulance were on scene. 

No one was injured. 

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