Update (11:30am, 10 May):
The Cayman Islands Fire Service observed the George Town landfill overnight and reported that no smoke or fire remained at the site as of Sunday morning.
The Fire Service worked with the Department of Environmental Health to excavate and dampen the affected area through Saturday, a government press release indicated.
“The site was handed back to DEH this morning,” the release read.
“The duty crew from Central Fire Station will make periodic checks throughout today for reassurance.”
Update (9:45am, 9 May): Fire crews remained at the landfill overnight dampening down a fire that started on Friday afternoon.
By Saturday, there was no visible signs of smoke.
A Government Information Service statement issued Saturday morning said Department of Environmental Health staff would continue to assist with excavating the area in order to locate the deep-seated pocket of fire.
“Further damping down will take place today to ensure full extinguishment and reduce chance of any re-ignition,” the statement read, in part.
Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker said in the statement, “Our fire strategy for early notification and attendance has worked extremely well in this instance with very little or no impact at all to surrounding residents and businesses. We would like to thank DEH for their continued cooperation and collaboration on this matter.”
Original story (4:45pm, 8 May): A “deep-seated” fire is burning at the George Town Landfill, a government spokesperson confirmed. Firefighters are on scene as witnesses reported what appears to be smoke billowing from the site.
“Crews are attending” the location, according to a Cayman Islands Fire Service spokesperson, who said they’re waiting on fire services staff to report back what they’ve found.
The fire was discovered around 4:10pm Friday, according to a tweet from the Cayman Islands Government.
The Compass will continue to monitor the situation and update this story as more information becomes available.