A quarry fire in Bodden Town that had been smoldering in the Pease Bay area for more than three weeks was extinguished Thursday, according to the Department of Environmental Health.
DEH indicated that recent rains helped extinguish the fire, “leaving only a deep seated smoulder under the very large piles and very little smoke.”
The quarry owner reportedly began work Wednesday to meet the terms of a Fire Service permit to store bulk combustible materials and a DEH abatement notice. DEH indicated the work had been delayed as the quarry owner repaired his excavator.
The permit and the notice both required work be completed by Oct. 22. Fire Service officers had conducted daily checks on the site since it was reported to them in September.
“Served in early October, the Fire Service permit required the owner to dismantle the substantial piles of rubbish that prevented officers from safely and immediately extinguishing the fire,” DEH said in a press release.
“Meanwhile the abatement notice, filed in late September following a complaint from a member of the public, called for the owner to stop the smoke and have the site cleared of debris and fenced off.”
The fire had blanketed several homes with plumes of smoke in late September in the neighborhoods around Pease Bay, including government affordable homes on Sitwell Road, near Belford Drive.
The owner intends to sieve the contents of the former fire and use the ash on his farm, while transporting the rest to the landfill. Any waste brought to the landfill cannot be alight.