Martin Smith, Harmac land protection coordinator, left and Tim Doyle, deputy fire chief with Nanaimo Fire Rescue, on scene at a landfill fire near the Harmac mill. Crews were called out around 10:30 a.m. Friday. (KARL YU/News Bulletin)

Crews contain landfill fire at Harmac site in Nanaimo

Nanaimo Fire Rescue says city firefighters left scene, but available for assistance

Fire crews from the City of Nanaimo, Cedar and Harmac Pacific have contained an industrial landfill fire in the Cedar area.

Firefighters were were called in around 10:30 a.m. on Friday and stationed on Phoenix Way, near the mill site, according to Tim Doyle, Nanaimo Fire Rescue deputy chief of operations. Twenty to 25 personnel were on scene, with an excavator and bulldozer assisting in the effort, Doyle said.

Doyle said the fire was approximately 300 feet by 300 feet on Friday afternoon, but not major and is contained. He said city fire crews left the scene at “nightfall” and Harmac Pacific had fire patrols as of this morning.

#Nanaimo fire crews on scene near Harmac mill. No smoke through.

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Doyle said Harmac crews are looking at options for mop-up duties. Nanaimo Fire Rescue will be able to assist if Harmac requests it, Doyle said.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

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