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Junk pile ignites, quickly generating large fire on outskirts of Cancun

Cancun, Q.R. — The mayor of Cancun is reaching out to residents to stop burning garbage and tossing cigarette butts after an intense fire erupted on the outskirts of the city.

The fire broke out around 8:00 a.m. Sunday near a hotel on the outer city limits. Although the small hotel was not damaged, firefighters had to work hard to dose flames that spread very fast. Cancun firemen were on site at 8:00 a.m, finally announcing the fire as extinguished around 11:00 a.m.

They responded to the morning report of a boat fire behind the hotel, which is located near an irregular residential colony along the Federal 309 Cancún-Mérida highway. Firemen arrived to find numerous items as part of the fire including mattresses, a refrigerator and three boat hulls. The fire completely consumed the 70 x 40 meter plot of land.

On social media, Cancun mayor Mara Lezama said “Our firefighters responded to the report of a boat fire on a property located in the ABC neighborhood. Remember, it is easier to prevent a fire than to fight it. Help us by not littering and keeping green areas clean.”

She added “You can contribute, avoid burning garbage and throwing butts.”

Over the course of four hours, the fire was contained by memebers of Protección Civil of the Ayuntamiento de Benito Juárez, the Heroico Cuerpo de Bomberos and personnel from Conafor.