Fire smolders for hours at landfill near Kansas City suburb

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SUGAR CREEK, Mo. (AP)- A fire northeast of Kansas City burned for hours and prompted officials to ask nearby residents to keep their windows and doors closed.

The fire at the privately-owned Courtney Ridge Landfill near Sugar Creek was reported late Wednesday. Authorities let it burn overnight before smothering it with dirt Thursday.

No injuries were reported.

The landfill near Missouri Highway 291 and Highway 24 is used by the Republic Services Solid Waste Disposal Company. It is the size of about two football fields.

Sugar Creek Fire Chief Pat Casey says pieces of pulverized vehicles burned for several hours. The cause of the fire appears to be spontaneous combustion.

Casey says it wasn’t clear if the fire was toxic, which is why people were asked to keep their windows closed.