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Fire at Bridgeton Landfill is extinguished; authorities say no contamination

Fire at Bridgeton Landfill is extinguished; authorities say no contamination


BRIDGETON • A fire at Bridgeton Landfill was extinguished Friday evening and no contamination was released, officials said.

Richard Callow, spokesman for landfill owner Republic Services, said the fire was contained a quarter mile from any radioactive waste.

The fire reportedly broke out about 6 p.m.

The St. Louis County Office of Emergency Management said the fire was at the neighboring West Lake Landfill, but Callow said it was not.

The county office issued an alert at 7:20 p.m. that said the fire was out and no contaminants were released.

Pattonville firefighters responded to the blaze, along with Bridgeton Landfill employees. 

"Following the site's incident management plan, landfill technicians immediately notified first responders and relevant regulators," Callow said. "They then proactively shut off all possible points of oxygen intrusion, as well as the flare system, out of an abundance of caution."

Callow said air quality monitors were working during the fire. Nearby residents may smell an odor while systems are inspected and repaired, he said.

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