Dump fire appears to be out

The George Town landfill fire appears to be out, officials say, but firefighters continue to monitor the site, according to the Fire Service.

“Although all the fire equipment is back at the station, officers are still visiting the scene every two hours along with the Department of Environment,” said Acting Fire Chief Roy Grant.

Mr. Grant said he went as far as to say “appears” to be out because one cannot tell when dealing with this kind of fire, which broke out over the weekend.

“There is a situation of spontaneous combustion taking place down there and it could flare up at any time. I don’t think this will be the last one to see,” he said. “It’s a battle and we are doing the best we can under the circumstances,” he said.

For now, Mr. Grant said, the Fire Service is leaving water pumps at the landfill site in case of an emergency.

This is the third time this year that a fire has broken out at the site. A serious fire in February burned for several days, while firefighters fought a more minor one last month.

The fire this weekend and the one last month involved deep-seated veins of material smouldering underground.