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Strong, variable winds have created challenging conditions

Published 8th March 2020, 10:36pm

Landfill Fire Update

Cayman Islands Fire Service (CIFS) and Department of Environmental Health (DEH) crews are seeing some success from their application of a specialised fire retardant at the scene of what officials are describing as a well-developed waste fire at the George Town Landfill.

Twenty seven fire officers plus a team from the DEH are currently on site at the landfill, where strong, variable winds have created challenging conditions.

Crews are tackling the fire from two strategic fronts based on risk: the Esterley Tibbetts Highway side, and the Camana Bay side. All resources from the West Bay Fire Station and the Central Fire Station have been diverted to the landfill. The Frank Sound Fire Station is providing cover to the rest of the Island and as such has moved two pumps to the cruise terminal landing in Spotts to be closer to George Town and West Bay.

The RCIPS is also present on site.

Crews will continue to work throughout the night.

Praising the work done by CIFS tonight, Minister for Home Affairs Hon. Tara Rivers says “On behalf of the Government and the country I would like to convey our deepest gratitude to Chief Walker and his team for their tireless efforts and commitment.

A further update is expected sometime after 11pm.

Ministry of Health Update

Persons experiencing any problems with irritation or difficulty in breathing, should contact their healthcare professional or seek help from the Accident & Emergency Department at the Health Services Authority. Please also note that the direct phone number for people experiencing respiratory issues due to smoke should be 244-2945.

Shelters are open at John Grey High School and the Red Cross of Huldah Avenue for those who need to seek shelter from the smoke.

Ministry of Education Update

George Town Primary School will be closed tomorrow due to the smoke generated by tonight’s landfill fire.

Further updates will be provided until the fire is extinguished.