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UPDATE: Cause of Texarkana junk yard fire determined

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Fire investigators have determined the cause of Wednesday's fire at a Texarkana, AR junk yard.

The afternoon fire at U-Pull-It Auto Parts shut down part of Highway 82 near Highway 237 while firefighters responded to the blaze.

It broke out around 3:30 p.m. inside the yard itself, among the scrap vehicles. The fire marshal says they were getting vehicles ready for the shredders and using an electric drill to drill a hole in a gas tank. The drill caused a spark that ignited the gas.

The blaze sent a plume of black smoke over the junk yard as crews worked to get the fire extinguished.

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