BRIDGETON, Mo. (KMOV.com) - A fire which broke out at the Bridgeton Landfill on Friday afternoon was extinguished.
Firefighters extinguished the infrastructure fire that broke out around 5:30 p.m. at the site, officials say.
"We've been fighting this issue, now, for six years. We have people who live just a half-mile from this site, right over the hill," said Nickel.
Nickel is an advocate with Just Moms STL, a group fighting to remove the radioactive remnants in the nearby West Lake Landfill.
"I don't want to take any chances. When we got here, the wind was blowing in different directions and we didn't smell anything," Nickel said. " Now it seems the wind is kind of moving around a little bit and and we getting strong odors."
The St. Louis County Office of Emergency Management stated the fire was not located near radioactive material and no contaminates are being released.
Assistant Chief Matt LaVancy says the blaze was a tough one to battle.
"After hitting it, with a lot of water and foam, we were not able to extinguish it. It appears at the time, from my belief, it was a gas-fed fire from the gases generated from the landfill underneath," said LaVancy.
A spokesperson from Republic Services stated the landfill team advises the "surrounding community there could be a potential for off-site odor while site systems are inspected and repaired."
Nuclear waste from the Manhattan Project was illegally dumped at the nearby West Lake Landfill in the 1970s.