Nfld. & Labrador

Happy Valley-Goose Bay landfill fire under control

Smoke billowed from the dump in the Labrador town Monday morning.

Large clouds of smoke rose from the dump in Happy Valley-Goose Bay Monday morning, as crews attempted to put out a fire.

According to CBC reporter Jacob Barker, a sand truck and loader were working to put the blaze out around 10:30 a.m. AT. 

Happy Valley-Goose Bay town manager Wyman Jacque said the town received a call about a fire at the landfill around 6 a.m.

The town sent five pieces of equipment to dump sand on material at the site, where domestic garbage is contained.

Meanwhile, fire crews doused the blaze. 

"Right now our main focus is to take care of the fire, knock it down. It's obviously controlled, it's in a contained area," Jacque said.

He said the landfill is not accessible after hours and it was not in operation at the time the blaze broke out.

Jacque said there are no immediate air quality concerns and the dump will still be accessible.

There was no word Monday afternoon on how the fire started.

With files from Jacob Barker and Matt McCann