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Landfill heavy equipment destroyed by fire

January 13, 2004

Dougherty County -- A giant earth mover at the Dougherty County landfill burst into flames Monday.

This 2002 Caterpillar Compactor was destroyed by fire. The nearly 400-thousand dollar piece of heavy equipment was being used to compact waste at the landfill, when it started smoking.

They suspect the fire was caused by a faulty electric system. Solid Waste Director Michael McCoy said "We're not sure at this time. The machine began to smoke. The operator was advised to get off the machine, which he did. After that the machine became engulfed in flames."

The compactor was insured. The landfill has a second compactor, which McCoy says can handle the work load until a replacement is bought.

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