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UPDATE: Meridian FD tackles nearly simultaneous fires at rural shop, trash compactor

Meridian firefighters were called out in force Wednesday afternoon when two fires -- one in a trash compactor at Republic Services and another at a large shop surrounded by farmland -- broke out about the same time.

With all stations called out, the department called in back-up crews, Meridian Fire Chief Mark Niemeyer tweeted shortly after 4 p.m.

Fifteen or more fire units from Meridian and other departments remained at the shop fire around 4:30 p.m. in the 6500 block of South Locust Grove near Lake Hazel. The Ada County Sheriff's Office advised motorists to avoid the Locust Grove between Columbia and Lake Hazel.

The fire was out by shortly after 5 p.m. and fire crews were mopping up, Niemeyer said. The cause of the blaze has not been determined, he said.

The shop fire was called in at 3:19 p.m., an Ada County dispatcher said. Seven minutes earlier, crews responded to the Republic Services fire in the 2000 block of Franklin Road near 10 Mile, an Ada County dispatcher said. That compactor fire was under control by 4:15 p.m.

"We had a third fire called in about the same time," the dispatcher said, "but that one turned out to be a false alarm."

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