Latest dump fire finally out

| 27/05/2020 | 8 Comments
Cayman News Servie
Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker

(CNS): A persistent and challenging deep-seated fire at the George Town Landfill site has been extinguished, officials from the Cayman Islands Fire Service (CIFS) and Department of Environmental Health (DEH), said Wednesday, almost a week after the area ignited. For the last five days fire fighters and DEH staff have been working on the area, which involved excavating a large volume of mixed waste.

The hole has been refilled with the now dampened material, compressed to regular levels, and will be capped as soon as possible. The site was handed back to DEH Tuesday night after after the CIFS crews left at about 8pm. However, the duty crew from Central Fire Station continued to make periodic visits until midnight.

Staff from the DEH will now be keeping a watch on the area and the rest of the dump, which has had a number of fires this year.

“As is the protocol, colleagues from DEH will continue monitoring the site for any signs of potential combustion, enabling us to take early action, said Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker. “This protocol has proven successful in preventing the most recent incident from escalating further.”


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  1. ETH says:

    Out for sure! Until the next. Lol. Can’t make this up. And btw, it’s nowhere near out. The only logical conclusion to arrive to is that this fire is perpetually burning underneath, and no amount of “putting it out” will in fact put it out. The Dump has to be completely dismantled if you want the fire to be completely put out.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I believe the dump represents the population here in the Cayman Islands… it’s growing by the day, and ignored by those in charge. Relentless pressure is building, causing embers to burn deep within. Unless action is taken to relieve the pressure, it will explode, and the illegal curfews, patronizing speeches, straw man attacks, sermons, and steel drum playing will only fan the flames.

  3. Anonymous says:

    You mean again? Until the next one? For now? You deserve your pay? It is possible? No worries. We know what you mean.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wonder if Mr. Walker knows the full history of our dump? Our dump fire never goes out, it just goes undetected.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Guarantee? Care to put your house up against your guarantee?

  6. Anonymous says:

    I guarantee you that fire is still burning under the surface.

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