A large pile of trash caught on fire Wednesday afternoon on Route 1 between Fraternity Row and Ritchie Coliseum.

The fire started inside of a garbage truck, and firefighters emptied the truck to extinguish the fire and prevent a bigger fire from occurring, Prince George’s County Fire Department spokesperson Michael Yourishin said.

The College Park Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the scene at 12:16 and arrived by 12:19, Yourishin said.

Firefighters extinguished the fire in approximately 15 minutes.

A section of Route 1 between College Avenue and Campus Drive was closed to cars as firefighters responded to the scene. It was reopened at around 1:45.

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