A large trash pile – one of the highest points within the George Town landfill – was ablaze Wednesday morning less than two months after a huge pile of tires caught fire, sending plumes of smoke over Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach area.
Wednesday’s blaze was much smaller than the Dec. 20 inferno that burned unchecked for nearly a day. However, motorists on the Esterley Tibbetts Highway, Camana Bay workers and visitors and drivers in George Town’s Industrial Park area could clearly see a tan-colored smoke flowing over the area around mid-morning.
The fire broke out in a different section of the landfill than the Dec. 20 blaze.
Acting Fire Chief Rosworth McLaughlin said a “small fire” started at the landfill early Wednesday and was “under control” fairly quickly.
However, smoke billowed up later in the morning as crews attempted to dig into the deep seat of the fire, Health Minister Osbourne Bodden said.
Firefighters were again hampered by a lack of operational excavation and compacting equipment needed to dig up the trash pile to get to the seat of the fire.
Minister Bodden said government officials were meeting Wednesday morning to try and resolve ongoing maintenance issues at the landfill.
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