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City Manager's Report May Shed Light On Durham Yard Waste Fire

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DURHAM, N.C. — Durham City Manager Patrick Baker is working on a report to detailing what he knew about a fire that burned for two weeks at the city's yard-waste composting facility, and he is expected to make it public.

The burning material stretched about 200 yards and cost the city about $100,000 to put out. It created plenty of problems for neighbors in the area.

"It is really scary when you walk out on your porch and see flames," said Durham resident Gracie Council. "You see smoke floating across your yard out here. You can't breathe when you walk out the door."

The city also learned that the dump had been operating without a permit for about two years. In his report, Baker is expected to explain who knew the permitting process was flawed and why it was not fixed.

There is no word yet on when the report will be made public.


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