Early morning fire at Salmon Arm landfill extinguished

Fire fighters soak down a smoldering fire at the Salmon Arm landfill site which was called in shortly after five o
Fire fighters soak down a smoldering fire at the Salmon Arm landfill site which was called in shortly after five o'clock Monday morning.
— image credit: Salmon Arm Observer

A fire that took place at the Salmon Arm landfill in the early morning has been extinguished, but the acrid smell from the burnt garbage is lingering over the city.

Salmon Arm firefighters got the call and responded at 5:06 a.m., however Mike Bailey, assistant fire chief, says they believe the fire had been burning for a few hours before it was called in.

"It was in an area on the back side of the landfill where the garbage was dumped and then covered over at closing time, so probably smoldered for some of the night until it got to a size and the smoke and odour of the toxins burning alerted people to call," he said.

Crews from Hall #2 and #3 attended, as well as a water tanker from Hall #1. The fire was put out by 7:30 a.m.

The area has since been excavated to ensure the fire is totally extinguished.

Bailey says the cause of the fire is undetermined.

"No idea. It could have been anything that was in the garbage that day."

There were no injuries to any of the firefighters, who took special precautions due to the fire's location.

"Fires at landfills always pose a particular, serious concern because of the potential for toxic smoke, so we ensure extra care is taken for the personal protection of our firefighters," says Bailey.

The blaze created heavy smoke which covered much of the southeast end of the city and had residents waking up to the acrid smell.

The landfill is open to the public today, Monday, June 30.


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