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Worrisome fire at Bridgeton Landfill; No one at landfill called first responders

Smoke rises from the Bridgeton Landfill on Sunday, Feb. 16. Photo by: Brie McCormick Smoke rises from the Bridgeton Landfill on Sunday, Feb. 16. Photo by: Brie McCormick Image source: Fox 2 News
   Questions are being raised over the way a Sunday morning fire was handled at the Bridgeton Landfill.  The smokey surface fire broke out in the southwest corner of the dump after a mechanical failure allowed gas to build up.  
   Technicians who monitor the facility are supposed to call first responders when there's an emergency.  Pattonville Assistant Fire Chief Matt Lavanchy tells Fox 2 News it was concerned residents who called 911 Sunday morning, not landfill monitors. "I don't know what happened or what their thought process is," Lavanchy said.  "I can only tell you we were not notified the way we should have been."
   Landfill technicians were able to put the fire out fairly quickly and no evacuations were ordered.
   Residents concerned about their safety also called their state representative, Bill Otto Sunday morning.  He tells Fox 2 News that the way the landfill is being handled isn't fair to the people who live nearby.  "They deserve the right to live in their home comfortably and safely, and know that every morning, they don't have to look out the window to see if something's going on," Otto said.
   The landfill owners released a statement Sunday that said in part they plan to "conduct an after-action review of the entire incident to include notification of and coordination with first responders."
 

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