Fire crews still watching hot-spots in rubber pile

| 25/09/2018 | 6 Comments
Cayman News Service

Area near the entrance where the tyres smoldered over the weekend

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Fire Service used thermal imaging technology Tuesday to locate more hot-spots in the pile of shredded rubber being stored at a site in South Sound, almost a week after the fire service was first called to deal with what is proving to be a tricky and ongoing job. So far, fire-fighters have been able to prevent the mound of shredded tyres from fully igniting by keeping the hot-spots cool and doused with water, but the situation is still being monitored.

In the latest statement from the fire service, officials said that the crew on site today reported no sign of smoke or fire where this pile of rubber-derived aggregate is being stored.

It has been spontaneously combusting as a result of the decomposition and pressure for the size of the pile. But hot areas remain, and although this could be explained by the sun as much as by any deep seated compression areas, the hot-spots have been marked and are being cooled by the site owner.

 Fire officers have said that they will check the site again this evening.

Since first going to the smoldering pile, the fire service had instructed the developer to reduce the height of the pile and spread it over a wider areas to reduce the risk of further combustion. But a week later the fire service is still working on keeping the decomposing mound cool to prevent the ignition of a full-blown fire, which could become a very serious issue.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Developer spend advertising money with CNS why you don’t want to make them?

    CNS: I assume you mean ‘name them’. Scan CNS and see if you can find those or any other developer advertising on CNS. Let me know. I deleted the name because I don’t have time to check to see if they are in fact the developers in question. If they are not, they won’t be happy with us. The courageously anonymous are quick to criticise.

    • Anonymous says:

      9:45 Get used to it. There’s no such thing as a ‘free’ press, someone has to pay the bills.

    • Ron Ebanks says:

      Where is the Authorities when they are needed . The person or Company that have the shredded tyres stored should have to pay for Firefighters involvement to put the fire out . Is that person/Company paying any taxes to the Government on that investment of the mulch ? If no , then they would be taking advantage of the Fire Department .

  2. Compressed into Paul says:

    Wow. Let’s get some compensation back to the fire department for their ongoing work. It’s an expensive endeavor and more spent on this than the development company has issued government for this social service, imo. At least let’s see an effort in recognizing the department by the developers top brass.

  3. Al Catraz says:

    “It has been spontaneously combusting as a result of the decomposition and pressure for the size of the pile.”

    Translation – the people running this facility are incompetent, do not know what they are doing, and should never have been entrusted with a job for which they are so obviously unqualified.

    • Anonymous says:

      What do you expect if even Cayman Islands Stock Exchange, chaired by a local attorney, misunderstandsthe meaning, intent and application of the law.

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