Landfill Fire Investigation Underway

The fire that could be seen all over the Upper Ottawa Valley on the weekend is still under investigation this morning.

A large fire broke out late Saturday afternoon at the landfill of the Upper Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre, on Woito Station Road, just south of Pembroke, sending thick smoke high into the air and bringing out firefighters from both Laurentian Valley and North Algona-Wilberforce townships.

According to posts on social media, the plume of smoke could be seen by several residents in west end Pembroke, Petawawa, and even to the south as far away as the Killaloe, Wilno and Foymount areas.

The Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre’s communications officer, Elizabeth Graham, says it started in a section of the landfill known as the bulky waste area.

"It contains mostly larger items such as furniture and mattresses", Graham told Pure Country 96.7.

"There is no apparent cause at this time, but staff will continue their investigation, and operations are continuing as normal on Monday at the Waste Recovery Centre", Graham added.

There were no injuries.

Graham says fire crews and centre staff were working on it all night Saturday and into yesterday watching for hot spots.

"We're grateful there were no injuries or structural damage, and we're thankful for emergency responders and waste recovery centre staff who worked so hard to prevent the fire from spreading to other areas of the site", Graham said.

Graham says it's business as usual today at the Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre as the investigation and follow-up work on the fire continues.