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UPDATED: Fire at Creston landfill put out

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A fire that broke out this morning at the Creston landfill has been extinguished but the area will be monitored for the next day.

Regional District of Central Kootenay spokesman Dan Elliott says the fire started at the back of the landfill and spread to a scrap metal pile in the appliance section.

The 911 call came in at 5:15 a.m. An air quality advisory was issued at 7:30 a.m. due to the threat of toxic smoke, but it was rescinded at 11 a.m.

Elliott says they’re still investigating what might have started it, but they have an idea.

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“There was significant lightning in the area last night and that could have been the cause,” he says.

The landfill will return to normal hours as of Saturday.

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