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Maui fire crews contain large landfill fire

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MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

UPDATE at 7:40 a.m.:
Maui Fire Department crews have left the scene of fire that began Sunday afternoon at the Central Maui Landfill, according to a Maui Fire Department spokesperson. 

Landfill employees will continue to monitor the area for any possible flare-ups. 

ORIGINAL STORY:
A fire that began Sunday afternoon at the Central Maui Landfill is being called 95 percent contained, according to a Maui Fire Department spokesperson. 

Fire officials are say that the fire started at about 2:30 p.m.

Huge plumes of white smoke were sent into the sky as piles of compost at the landfill began smoldering.

At one point, fire units from several areas were working to extinguish the flames. 

Approximately two acres of land have been damaged by the fire. Within the Maui Landfill are two private firms called Maui EKO Systems and Pacific Bio Diesel. Both companies suffered damage as a result of the fire.

Maui EKO Systems said that they lost 1 Grinder and 2 Tractor Trailers valued between $300,000.00 - $500,000.00, and Pacific Biodiesel said they lost 2 20' Trailers and 2 20 ft. Tanks valued at $60,000.00.  

Maui fire crews will be monitoring the fireground throughout the night.

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