It was a hot one on Sunday for fire crews as they battled the George Town Landfill’s fourth fire this year.
While the cause of the fire was unknown, Acting Fire Chief Roy Grant said it was the strong efforts of firefighters that prevented the blaze from escalating. Crews were alerted to the fire at 11:20 a.m.
“When we got here it was a fairly good fire, but we surrounded it and cut it off,” Mr. Grant said.
“It had the potential to be a major, major fire, but we had it surrounded quickly.”
Fire crews extinguished the fire with pumps located at the site that draw water directly from the ocean, 100 feet below the landfill. Assistant Director of the Department of Environmental Health’s waste management team, Dr. Maysson Sallam, said fire crews had acted quickly and extinguished the fire within two hours.
The fire is the second one this month and follows a serious fire in February that burned for several days. There was a minor fire at the landfill in July.