This story has been updated to reflect information provided by the Cayman Islands Fire Service on Thursday afternoon. 

Fire crews extinguished a flare-up at the George Town landfill this morning.

According to a press release, the fire was caused by the “destruction of a boat”.

Fire crews were called to the scene at 11:41am, the release said, and the fire was extinguished by 11:59am.

The fire occurred in the area near the vegetation piles next to the Esterley Tibbetts Highway, away from the site of last week’s fire, officials said.

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CIFS says the “quick thinking” of the Department of Environmental Health team, which manages the landfill, and rapid response from firefighters, ensured the situation could be contained safely.

Randy Rankin, who leads the fire service’s operational incident response, also noted that after conducting visual and thermal imaging camera assessments, three times a day, from Friday, 7 May, until Wednesday, 12 May, CIFS had determined the site of last week’s fire was no longer a cause for concern.

Original story:

Plumes of grey smoke were observed by the Compass shortly before midday. By 12:15pm, flames and smoke were no longer visible.



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