April 17, 2021

Cayman: CIFS extinguish landfill fire

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CAYMAN ISLANDS (GIS) Cayman Islands Fire Service (CIFS) crews worked diligently over the weekend with Department of Environmental Health (DEH) colleagues to ensure last week’s mixed metal waste fire is fully extinguished with minimum chance of re-ignition.

CIFS firefighting operations were shut down at 10pm on Sunday evening with some fire service equipment left strategically placed on-site to ensure a quick response to any flare up of burnt materials.

DEH colleagues will continue to monitor the site throughout today with CIFS officers conducting periodical thermal image temperature checks to ensure an early awareness of any developing hotspots.

The cause of the fire will be fully investigated but it remains too early to speculate at this stage. With a large burnt area of mixed metal waste, to establish the ignition source, investigators are very reliant on the witness testimony of those working in the area when the fire was discovered.

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