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Robin Hood Bay landfill fire sends three to hospital Tuesday evening

An ambulance leaves the Robin Hood Bay landfill with one of the three injured workers.
An ambulance leaves the Robin Hood Bay landfill with one of the three injured workers. - Keith Gosse

Firefighters try to extinguish blaze

Three city of St. John's employees were taken to hospital early Tuesday evening to be treated for smoke inhalation following a fire at the Robin Hood Bay Landfill.

Platoon chief Rick Mackey of the St. John's Regional fire department told the Telegram that the three men were trying to extinguish a fire that had started in the actual landfill area when they inhaled smoke from the blaze.

He added the men were sent to hospital to be further assessed because the fire was in what is believed to be an industrial dump area and it was unknown what substances were burning.

Three ambulances were on site to bring the individuals to the hospital.

The St. John's Regional Fire Department was called to the scene shortly at about 4:40 p.m and were still on scene as of 8 p.m.

It's not thought that the injuries were serious.

--This story has been edited to add additional details provided by the St. John's Regional fire department--

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