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Friday night fire at GFL Environmental in Squamish

Blaze at GFL Environmental put out by Squamish firefighters—public urged to dispose of 'combustible items' properly.
GFL as seen on Saturday, June 15.

If you smelled smoke in Dentville or the Business Park on Friday night, this is why.

Squamish firefighters doused a fire at GFL Environmental on Queens Way on June 14, according to a District spokesperson.

At about 6 p.m., Squamish Fire Rescue was dispatched to an alarm that was activated at GFL.

The spokesperson said that shortly after the dispatch, the call was upgraded to a structure fire based on reports of smoke. 

A fire engine and chief officer were on scene within a few minutes of being dispatched, the spokesperson said.

Ultimately, a total of approximately 25 personnel were at the location working to put out the fire, including two chief officers.

In terms of equipment at the blaze, there were three fire engines, one aerial ladder, and one rescue truck.

The fire was confined to a large semi-compacted pile of materials in the sorting and processing portion of the facility. Due to the fire, an overhead sprinkler was activated.  

The cause of the fire is undetermined.

"Squamish Fire Rescue would like to remind the public that all batteries, electronics, and other combustible items should always be disposed of properly and never thrown into general disposal," the statement reads.



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