Landfill Blaze Controlled

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Published 31st August 2009, 4:10pm

A fire that started yesterday (30 August) around 6:00 p.m. at the George Town landfill is now under control. However Department of Environmental Health (DEH) officials say that it is still generating significant smoke.

Both the Fire Services and DEH staff worked throughout Sunday night to control the blaze. This morning (Monday), the fire officers and DEH staffers are working towards completely extinguishing all remaining hot spots. Unfortunately, this process does create significant smoke, a condition that is expected to continue throughout the day.

"In the past, landfill fires have been caused by spontaneous combustion in the landfill itself, but preliminary investigations suggest this one was sparked by hot coals or similar items entering the landfill's drop-off area," said DEH Director Roydell Carter.

Due to its proximity to public areas, the department does have procedures in place to minimize landfill fires. However, in this instance, it was public action that likely started the blaze.

The DEH accordingly appeals to residents to assist by never placing hot items such as coals, oils or other combustible materials in any waste container.

Ongoing efforts to extinguish remaining hotspots mean that the public may encounter delays when dropping off material at the landfill. Apologies are extended for this unfortunate event and reassurances given that DEH and Fire Services staffers are working to restore normalcy as quickly as possible.

For more information, contact the DEH at 949-6696.