Firefighters returned to the George Town landfill over the weekend to tackle another fire.
“We are still working at it and we have it to the point where it is just smoldering,” Acting Chief Fire Officer Roy Grant told the Cayman Compass Monday morning. “This fire is in a totally different area [than a fire that ignited at the dump last month], and it is another deep-seated fire.”
Fire Service safety inspector Tina Choy said Monday that fire crews were applying water to a few remaining hot spots, but that the fire was under control.
Fire Service officials said they were alerted to the fire by a 911 call at 9:08 a.m. Sunday. Ms. Choy said once on scene, firefighters discovered a surface fire roughly 75 feet by 80 feet. Immediately, two water tankers were put into action while other officers arranged to move a trailer pump closer to the location so they would have a large supply of water,
Once the surface fire was extinguished, she said, station officer Herman Myrie arranged for an excavator to start digging, and smoldering areas as deep as 15 feet were discovered. The excavator overturned the garbage, and firefighters saturated it with water, according to the Fire Service.
Both Sunday’s fire and the July 19 fire – which made its way to the surface – were both deep-seated fires, according to Mr. Grant.
Following the July fire, Mr. Grant explained that deep-seated landfill fires can spontaneously combust and eventually make their way to the surface. With the current fire, he said, firefighters would keep digging until they came to the end of the vein to ensure the fire is completely extinguished.