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Smoke fills the air in Knoxville following landfill fire

Many residents in the area near the fire reported seeing an abundance of smoke in the air.
Smoke fills the air in Knoxville following landfill fire
Updated: May. 21, 2021 at 10:07 AM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Rural Meto crews battled a fire at a Knoxville landfill Thursday night.

LIVE Landfill Fire in East Knox

Have you noticed hazy skies or the smell of smoke in parts of Knoxville? Rural Metro officials said the smoke in the air was caused by a landfill fire. https://bit.ly/3f3S4vn

Posted by WVLT on Friday, May 21, 2021

According to Rural Metro, a fire was reported at Poplar View Landfill around 11 p.m. The landfill is located at 1730 McMillian Station Road.

Many residents in the area near the fire reported seeing an abundance of smoke in the air.

Jeff Bagwell with Rural Metro said fire crews were not able to use a lot of water on the fire due to the risk of runoff into the Holston River.

Officials confirmed Rural Metro crews are no longer on the scene but will respond to assist if needed.

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