Crews get ‘stubborn’ Calgary landfill fire under control, pollutant air quality statement issued – Calgary

Calgary fire crews told Global News just before noon Saturday that a “stubborn” fire that had burned overnight at ECCO Recycling plant is now under control.

Fire crews were called just after 8 pm Friday to the southeast community of Quarry Park and fought the blaze into Saturday.

“The fire quickly grew in size and volume, and fire crews were forced to intervene with a remote water supply and hose streams,” according to a Calgary fire department press release. “Water supply was a challenge for teams as the nearest hydrant was nearly one kilometer from the fire.”

Environment Canada issued a special air quality statement for the City of Calgary shortly after 8 am

“Smoke from a fire in Quarry Park in southeast Calgary is producing elevated levels of air pollutants in the area,” according to Environment Canada.

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“Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.”

According to Calgary fire “the contents of the landfill are noted as construction waste and dry fill.”

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There was also an incredibly close call for one of the landfill staff.

“A large bulldozer being utilized by landfill staff to extinguish the fire suffered a mechanical failure then was quickly overcome by the fire,” according to the Calgary fire department. “The operator was able to exit the unharmed machine and retreated to safety.”

Calgary Police, CP Rail (which has a site bordering the plant) and Alberta Environment also attended the scene to assist.

Fire crews are expected to remain on the scene for much of the day.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation but no injuries have been reported.

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