Bridgeton, MO (KSDK) - A compost fire in Bridgeton continues to smolder, nearly three days after it started.
Depending on which way the wind is blowing, people as far as ten miles away say they can smell the smoke, but one family lives directly in the smoke's path. For them it's not the "what" the smell is, it's how long it's been lingering.
Early Friday morning, flames started shooting into the sky at Earth City Supply. A mound of compost caught fire in the wee hours of the morning and hasn't stopped burning since.
The flames are now under control, but not the smoke that can be seen from highway 370 between Bridgeton and Earth City.
Robertson Fire district officials tell us the fire is not a hazard or a harm to humans, but the Zanetti family tends to disagree.
"I understand it may not be hazardous to most people, but for people with asthma I think there is a problem," says Vicki Zanetti.
She and her husband own the only home in the area and happen to be right in the smoke's path.
"All of our smoke alarms in the house started going off and it was hazy and we just woke up the smell of bonfire in it was inside your house," she says when they woke up Saturday morning.
Concerned for his family's health Ivan called fire and police over the weekend.
"They told me they have two supervisors that have been back and forth watching what is going on," he was told by Bridgeton police.
The Robertson Fire department says they continue to make trips out to Earth City Supply to monitor the progress, but sometimes these fire can smolder for weeks.
"It smells like you are at a bonfire and you are down at a bonfire and the wind is blowing and it's just blowing in your face," says Vicki.
Employees at the compost facility say they hope to have the fire out by Monday.