January 19, 2022

Cayman: Crews Remain on Scene After Landfill Fire

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Grand Cayman, 10 December 2021 (GIS)– The Cayman Islands Fire Service (CIFS) crews have remain working alongside the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) on-site at the George Town Landfill, since extinguishing a fire on Sunday, 5 December.

Commenting on the operations on-site Division Manager Randy Rankin noted “We want to reassure the public that our team has the site under control. While there are no open flames our CIFS crews along with DEH remain on-site diligently to dampen and reduce the areas of smoke and occurrence of any further flare-ups to ensure members of the public can carry on safely in their daily movements.” 

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He added “We would like to take this opportunity to thank our CIFS on-site operational crew, DEH, and members of the public for the continued support and patience as we continue to monitor and bring the operation to a close next week.

DEH Assistant Director Michael Haworth said, “Our teams have been working diligently to assist the CIFS this past week to monitor and help with the fire services investigation.”

The fire, which was about 100 feet in diameter, occurred in the area of the landfill where new rubbish is located. It is believed to have been caused by flammable waste being mixed in with other recently arrived waste.

CIFS and DEH officials remind the public to follow proper disposal measures for flammable materials, such as batteries, as outlined on the DEH website (www.deh.gov.ky).

 

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