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Artificial turf burns in a fire fought by Lacey Fire District 3 on Thursday.

LACEY — The cause of an artificial turf fire that sent plumes of black smoke into the air over part of Lacey on Thursday is undermined.

So says Ryan Cox, Lacey Fire District 3 deputy fire chief.

Cox said the fire was reported in the early afternoon as a brush, then a turf fire. But when district 3 firefighters reached they scene at 41st Trail off Mullen Road Southeast they learned it was a fire in an artificial turf stack measuring about 40 by 40 feet and at least eight feet high, according to Cox.

It took about 45 minutes to get the fire under control and another five ours to mop up with firefighters wearing oxygen masks to protect them from the toxic smoke, Cox said.

“We had to tear it apart to get it to go out completely,” Cox said, adding that burning rubber pellets from the blaze fell on fire equipment.

The fire was near at least 60 acres of forest and Cox said it was fortunate the fire did not spread to the woods.

Cox said the turf belonged to a nearby homeowner who was storing it. The turf was believed to have come from nearby Bucknell Baseball Field, he said.

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