PHILADELPHIA (AP) – No toxic chemicals at levels dangerous to human health were found in a fire at a landfill in Philadelphia that spread huge amounts of smoke over parts of the city, authorities said Wednesday, but warned people. to limit their time out.
However, there is still particulate matter in the air from the smoke, and people near the remaining smoke or haze were advised to limit their time outside, especially if they had heart or lung problems, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health said.
Nearly 100 firefighters responded to the flames at around 3pm Tuesday in southwest Philadelphia, including marine units that pumped water from the Schuylkill River to put out the flames.
The fire was declared under control about 2.5 hours later, but crews continued to fight the hot spots until Wednesday morning. The cause is being investigated.