Government inspectors looking into Savannah fire

The Wednesday afternoon fire in Savannah Meadows destroyed two containers and sent black smoke hundreds of feet into the air. - Photo: Jewel Levy

Cayman Islands Chief Petroleum Inspector Duke Munroe confirmed Thursday that his agency would be reviewing a large container fire in the Savannah Meadows area.

The blaze, which started some time before 4 p.m. Wednesday, sent plumes of black smoke hundreds of feet into the air which could be seen from Savannah-Newlands to central George Town. No injuries were reported.

According to the Cayman Islands Fire Service, two storage containers on an undeveloped site off Raven Road, near Mockingbird Crescent just north of Shamrock Road, were destroyed in the blaze. One of the containers held unidentified petroleum products and the other had construction tools, firefighters said.

Acting Deputy Chief Fire Officer Randy Rankin said it appeared a propane tank located between the containers exploded and the resulting fire spread to both. Mr. Rankin said fire crews have not determined what caused the initial explosion.

Mr. Munroe said his inspectors would be looking into petroleum storage on the Savannah site, but said he could not provide further details as of press time Thursday.