Fire breaks out at waste management facility in Mount Forest

Firefighters on scene of a fire at a waste management facility in Mount Forest. (Photo: Terry Kelly / CTV Kitchener) (Sept. 9, 2019.)

Firefighters were on scene for several hours battling a fire at a waste management facility in Mount Forest.

Fire crews were called to the building at 226 Industrial Drive around 5 p.m Monday and cleared the scene at 2 a.m. on Tuesday.

They say garbage inside the building caught fire and heavy smoke was visible when crews arrived on scene.

Approximately 44 firefighters responded, along with Provincial Police and paramedics.

The garbage burning was household waste collected at the curbside and taken to the facility.

Wellington North Fire Services says there is no environmental threat as a result of the fire. They say the remnants of the burning garbage and water went into a retention pond, which members of the waste management team will pump it out.

There were no reported injuries to any civilians or firefighters, but some officers did suffer smoke damage.

Officials estimate the cost of damage around $100,000. They say the building is still structurally sound.