Iqaluit dump fire extinguished after 10 hours

Trucked water deliveries, regular landfill hours to resume Thursday, city says

City crews block the road to Iqaluit’s dump as firefighters fight a fire there last month in this file photo. (Photo by David Venn)

By David Venn
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

It took 10 hours, but Iqaluit firefighters extinguished a blaze at the city’s dump Wednesday.

Emergency services were alerted to the fire at 2:03 a.m. Nine firefighters and seven city staff members responded, and the airport provided a mobile command post for the team to stay warm, city spokesperson Aleksey Cameron said in an email.

At one point, an excavator was “working to expose and allow access to a significant hotspot,” Cameron said of the difficult-to-fight fire.

Firefighters were able to put out the fire by around noon, the city reported in a release.

At one point, residents who rely on trucked water services were asked to conserve water after delivery was cancelled due to resources being used to fight the fire.

The city said water delivery will resume Thursday and the landfill will be open. No injuries were reported. The cause is still under investigation, the city’s release said.

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(9) Comments:

  1. Posted by Thankful for cardboard on

    I’m thankful that after 2014 Dumpcano the city made us separate our cardboard from our regular trash and put it in blue bags.

    …OH WAIT, damn, I guess the city’s been taking the thousands and thousands of blue bags filled with cardboard and throwing it into the regular garbage truck and dumping it all in the same location.

    Hopefully this will be put out quick, but a burning mountain of garbage is the perfect physical manifestation of how our leaders at city hall have done the past couple of years.

    It’s going to be hard to blame Nunatsiaq for this fire, but I’m a believer thst it can be done.

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  2. Posted by Dumpcano on

    I’m back Baby! #Dumpcano

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  3. Posted by As the world turns on

    Dumpcano comes for Kenny.

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  4. Posted by Here we go again… on

    Is this even news? Iqaluit is generally a dumpster fire.

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    • Posted by Bert Rose on

      Easy to tell you don’t rely on trucked water services!

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  5. Posted by John K on

    Smells like Spring.

    On a side note; the flaming trash heap is a pretty good mascot.

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  6. Posted by still here on

    I wonder if the city has come to the conclusion that the Fraggle’s did this?

  7. Posted by chappy on

    The only surprise with this news is that anyone is surprised.

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  8. Posted by Is Oil-based water good for dousing? on

    Asking for a friend

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