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Fire breaks out at city's wet/dry facility (update)

Police say no one was hurt in Saturday afternoon fire but city's Waste Resource Innovation Centre is closed
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A fire broke out at the city's wet/dry transfer station Saturday afternoon. Tony Saxon/GuelphToday

This evening, Guelph Fire Department sent the following news release regarding a fire at the city's Waste Resource Innovation Centre: 

On April 13, 2019 at 2:43 p.m., the Guelph Fire Department responded to a reported fire at the above noted location. Firefighters arrived at the scene and found smoke coming from the Transfer Station at the Guelph Wet Dry Facility.

The fire was quickly brought under control and subsequently extinguished. The fire was contained to the inside of the building.

An extremely large amount of garbage was on fire that required a five-station response due to the large area inside of the building. Heavy smoke was encountered when Firefighters entered the building. On duty staff evacuated the building before Guelph Fire arrival. 

There were no injuries to Firefighters or Guelph City staff.

The cause of the fire along with an estimate of damage is still under investigation. The Guelph Fire Prevention Division will be following up with their investigation.

Thank you to the other agencies assisting on scene which included the Guelph Police Service, City of Guelph Environmental Protection Officers, Guelph Wellington Paramedic Services, City of Guelph Wet dry facility staff and City Hall staff. The team effort was instrumental in dealing with this difficult situation.

Original GuelphToday story below:

At least six fire trucks are currently on location at the city's Waste Resource Innovation Centre battling a fire that broke out in the wet/dry transfer facility.

Guelph Police report that no one was injured in the fire, which broke out around 2 p.m. on Saturday.

No flames were visible but there was a large amount of smoke coming out of the large building.

Dunlop Drive is currently closed to traffic and all activity at the Waste Resource Innovation Centre, including dropping off yard waste, is closed.

This story will be updated.




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