Saturday 4 July, 2020

Landfill fire fully extinguished (May 27, 2020)

A small but challenging fire at the George Town Landfill site is now fully extinguished according to the Cayman Islands Fire Service (CIFS) and Department of Environmental Health (DEH).

The site was handed back to DEH last night (Tuesday, May 26) following extensive work to resolve the fire which was first discovered on Thursday, May 21.

CIFS crews left the site at 8 pm with the duty crew from Central Fire Station making periodic visits until midnight.

Efforts to resolve the deep-seated fire involved excavating a large volume of mixed waste. The resulting hole has now been refilled with the now dampened material, compressed to regular levels and will be capped as soon as possible.  

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

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