Landfill pallets catch fire

Some wooden pallets the George Town Landfill staff was hoping to grind up and mix with marl to act as a fire-retardant substance caught fire and burned Tuesday before they could be used.

The pallets are generally kept in the western-most portion of the landfill near the Esterley Tibbetts Highway, away from the large piles of residential and industrial trash.

Solid Waste Director Sean McGinn said none of the actual garbage piles at the landfill site caught fire Tuesday. No one was hurt.

Fire crews were called to the scene around 11am, and attended until flames were substantially out some three-and-a-half hours later.

Chief Fire Officer Dennom Bodden said no official ruling had been made on what caused the blaze.

Mr. McGinn said landfill crews were operating the machine that is used in controlled burns of trash near the area where flames broke out Tuesday, but he wasn’t sure if that was what caused the fire.

‘It might’ve been from our air-burner, I’m not sure,’ Mr. McGinn said.

The landfill uses a soil mixture to cover trash heaps, which can help slow fires once they start. Tuesday’s fire was the seventh the Cayman Islands Fire Service has responded to so far this year at the landfill.