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Presidio firefighters help Ojinaga firefighters in landfill blaze

June 1st, 2017 under Top Stories
(Photo by John Ferguson) Firefighters from Ojinaga and Presidio teamed up to fight the blaze.

(Photo by John Ferguson)
Firefighters from Ojinaga and Presidio teamed up to fight the blaze.

PRESIDIO, OJINAGA — Presidio firefighters assisted Ojinaga Fire Department Saturday with a fire at the Municipal Trash Deposit site in Ojinaga and officials say the fire had been burning since Friday, according to media partners at CBS7.

As of Monday night, the fire was still burning but firefighters say they have it under control and are now focusing on the hot spots.

Flames were so intense that one of Ojinaga heavy machinery with water hoses was damaged by the intense heat which caused the pipes to melt.

Presidio Fire Department responded for about 7 hours. They were requested by the Ojinaga Fire Department to help with the fire in order to clear the path to make the fire accessible for crews to extinguish the flames.

According to Ojinaga Fire Chief Dr. Roberto Piña Molinar, as of Sunday afternoon, the fire was still burning.

He states officials are still on scene trying to battle some of the outside fires while the other firefighters and officials are letting some of the fire that they can’t contain burn.

The fires that firefighters cannot contain may take several days to burn.

No one was injured, but the main threat to the community is the toxic fumes from the fire.

CBS 7 spoke with Presidio Fire Chief Saul Pardo and he states they have an agreement with the sister city of Ojinaga and there was a delay at the Mexican border due to an agreement that hasn’t been revised in a long time.

“We are two small towns so far from other cities when we have this kind of emergency, we shouldn’t have limitations. We are dealing with such an intense situation that working as a team could make the difference between life or death. It’s about people, not borders” says Presidio Fire Chief Saul Pardo.

Presidio and Ojinaga Fire Departments are planning to have mutual training in the near future.

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