Fire crews were busy Thursday morning battling a blaze at the garbage depot on Manning Drive.
Crews arrived at the City of London Landfill just after 6 o’clock a.m. to find plumes of dark smoke rising from the site.
Director of Environment, Fleet, and Waste Services, Jay Stanford, tells AM980 this usually happens about once a year.
“Part of running a landfill site, you always watch for what comes in in loads and from time to time, somewhere in the order of one time per year usually, we deal with what’s referred to as a ‘hot load’,” Stanford explains.
“A load basically caught on fire at the landfill site and the fire services were on site very quickly to help us contain it.”
Crews quickly got the fire under control but will remain on scene for much of the day dousing hot spots.
“We’re fortunate this particular fire started in an area where we have what’s referred to as our dry waste pile,” Stanford adds.
“It comes in from construction and demolition projects so the material is isolated from the remaining parts of the landfill site so fire services are able to conduct their business quite easily this morning while other parts of the landfill site are operating more or less business as usual.”
No injuries were reported.