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UPDATED: Fire at landfill

Fire fighters are currently battling a blaze at the George Town landfill.

Hirst Road reopens following fire

Police have advised that Hirst Road is now open to the public after emergency services dealt with a structural fire in the area.

Fire at Ritz-Carlton hotel extinguished

Emergency services are at the scene of The Ritz-Carlton hotel on Seven Mile after a fire erupted on the beachfront premises.
Remediation work on the George Town landfill site was scheduled to begin next week.

Dart: Remediation will reduce fire risk

Remediation work planned for this month at the landfill will significantly reduce the risk of fires at the site, according to the Dart group.

Report: Sparks ignited landfill blaze

A fire in the vehicle recycling plant at the George Town landfill on 24 Jan. was caused by sparks which occurred while a car was being crushed, according to the results of a Cayman Islands Fire Service investigation.

Cause of landfill blaze still a mystery

Nearly a month after the car-recycling plant at the George Town landfill went up in flames, the cause of the blaze remains unknown. “Investigations into the fire are still ongoing,” said Ricardo Charlton, the deputy director of domestic operations, at the Cayman Islands Fire Service. “At this time, we are not able to say the cause of the fire, nor can we give any information about any preliminary findings.”

Fire Service: Landfill blaze ‘fully extinguished’

The fire at the vehicle recycling plant at the George Town landfill has been fully extinguished, according to the Fire Service.

Vehicle fire in Rum Point

Fire officers responded to a vehicle fire in Rum Point on Wednesday morning.

Pole fire erupts in Lime Tree Bay

Firefighters fought a blaze in Lime Tree Bay on Saturday when a Caribbean Utilities Company electricity pole was engulfed in flames.

Early morning fire at local jewellery store

An early morning fire temporarily shut down operations at Diamond International jewellery store on Tuesday.

Firefighters douse Lower Valley brush fire

Teams of firefighters spent more than four hours Wednesday tackling a brush fire on land off Pedro Castle Road in Lower Valley.
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Pickup truck fire extinguished in George Town

A Ford pickup truck in George Town was reported on fire early Monday morning.

Residents allowed to return to homes after terminal fire

Firefighters are contending with a fire inside one of the tanks at the fuel terminal.

Couple escapes burning home

A couple escaped from their three-bedroom home on Clayton Drive after a fire started early Wed­-nesday morning. A 1997 Blazer and a 1998 Silverado in the carport were destroyed by the fire. The two-car garage was gutted and the interior of the home received extensive fire, smoke and water damage.

Fire crews respond to pole fire at Kirk’s Home Centre

Fire crews responded to an electrical pole fire at a section of Kirk’s Home Centre on Bodden Road, George Town. A small crowd gathered to watch as police blocked off Bodden Road and fire crews waited for a Caribbean Utilities Company work crew to arrive to cut the wires leading to the back of the building.

UPDATED – Suspects fled police before car crash, fire, police say

A two-vehicle collision near Queen’s Court on West Bay Road caused one car to catch fire early Saturday morning at around 12:30 a.m.

Police: Mobile homes abandoned ‘for years’

Two mobile homes that police said had been abandoned for at least two years burned in a fire in North Side district late last week.

Beach Bay home damaged in Friday night fire

A fire damaged a home Friday evening in the Beach Bay neighborhood in Bodden Town,

Woman pleads not guilty to Cruz Ln. arson

Latecia Jarrett pleaded not guilty to a charge of arson on Friday and her attorney advised that the trial would be by jury rather than judge alone.

Arson charge sent to Grand Court

A woman accused of setting a fire that destroyed a number of buildings while their occupants, including two children, slept inside, had her application for bail denied Friday.

Adventist church assists fire victims

The Kings Seventh-day Adventist Church has come to the aid of a family whose Cruz Lane home was destroyed by fire late last month.

Storage site ‘not on radar’ for petroleum inspectors

Although officials were still investigating the incident, Cayman Islands petroleum inspectors confirmed that the site of a massive fire in Savannah Meadows last week was “not on the radar” of local fuel and gas regulators before Wednesday.

New housing found for fire victims

A family who lost their George Town home in a suspected arson attack last week have been temporarily relocated to government housing in West Bay.

Government inspectors looking into Savannah fire

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

Massive fire follows container blast

Two storage containers caught fire following an explosion Wednesday afternoon in the Savannah area.

Fire damages Treats restaurant

A fire Tuesday evening damaged Treats restaurant in the West Shore Center on West Bay Road. No one was injured in the blaze.

EDITORIAL – ‘Playing with fire’: The lessons from Cruz Lane

In just minutes, fires ravaged a number of side-by-side homes on Cruz Lane, leaving their inhabitants homeless, helpless, and bewildered.

Mother and child rescued from burning building

Five people were left homeless after a fire ripped through their timber-framed houses in central George Town in a suspected arson attack early Sunday morning.

Firefighters forced to move from WB station

West Bay fire crews, as well as their vehicles and equipment, will be responding to emergencies from the Ed Bush Sports Complex for the next several weeks.

Fire on Gun Square leaves some without electricity

One resident of a Bodden Town apartment complex was forced to move out and others are without electricity after a stairway and a carport ceiling caught fire on Sunday.
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Police: Arson caused East End house fire

Police and fire investigators say a fire that destroyed a home on Seaview Road in East End in March was caused by arson.

Fire Service installs free smoke detectors

The Fire Service recently installed free smoke detectors in a number of homes on Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac as part of its fire prevention and safety awareness drive.

Airport evacuated amid fire scare

The Owen Roberts International Airport was evacuated Wednesday afternoon after smoke was spotted in the construction area next to the terminal. The smoke is believed to have resulted from smoldering insulation material during steel work for the construction project.

New fire chief begins work

Although he does not have a uniform yet, new Cayman Islands Chief Fire Officer David Hails officially started work on Tuesday.

Firms donate time and materials to rebuild

A George Town home, destroyed by fire, is being rebuilt, bit-by-bit, as the Cayman community steps in to help.

Succession plan puts Caymanian director at 911

Julian Lewis will take over next month as head of the Cayman Islands 911 Emergency Communications Centre after being named to the position Wednesday by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Miss Universe Pageant a chance to learn for Tonie Chisholm

The reigning Miss Cayman may not have brought back a crown from the Miss Universe Pageant, but she did bring back a lifetime of memories and experiences.

Suspicious fires gut apartment, SUV

Separate fires damage an apartment and an SUV overnight Saturday in central George Town.

A simple life growing up in Bodden Town

A look back at life in Bodden Town 50 years ago.

Teen motorcyclist arrested after collision

A 14-year-old motorcyclist was arrested after he and his female passenger were involved in a collision with a truck on Crewe Road on Sunday afternoon.

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50 years ago: Exploding fridge damages home

In December 1965, Bodden Town correspondent A.B. Hunter wrote in the Caymanian Weekly of a home in Pedro that was partially destroyed in a fire after a refrigerator exploded in the kitchen.

Christmas at Belford

Bodden Towners enjoyed a festive Christmas party at the Belford Estates Community Emergency Response Team annual family fun day.

Fireworks legal, but regulated

Planning to set off fireworks this holiday season? Check the laws first.

Two machete woundings reported over Christmas

Emergency services responded to two separate reports of people being injured by machetes over the Christmas holidays.

A traditional Cayman Christmas

White sand yards, local Christmas beef, kitchen dances, heavy cakes, handmade gifts, carolers and special church services are the hallmarks of a very traditional Caymanian Christmas.

 

Fire officers welcome home ill colleague

Officers from the Cayman Islands Fire Service turned out in force at the tarmac at Owen Roberts International Airport on Monday to welcome home Station Officer Percival Whorms.

SEC proposes $0 Caledonian settlement

The liquidators of Caledonian have informed creditors that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has internally approved a settlement that involves no payment by Caledonian Bank and Caledonian Securities.

Longing for a fireplace this Christmas?

Those missing a crackling fire in their home this Christmas can simply download an app to give them all the atmosphere with none of the mess.

CarePay trial: Cash from AIS deal went to Watson's business, says Crown

About US$100,000 from a bank account held by the local company which was a partner in the CarePay swipe card project was transferred in December 2010 to a business in which Canover Watson was a part owner, Crown prosecutors said Thursday.

Coors Light Chuggers advance to softball finals

Despite several injuries, players leaving the island and work commitments, the Coors Light Chuggers have advanced to the coed softball B-League playoffs for the sixth time in the past eight seasons with a 23-12 victory over Deloitte in the semifinal Monday night.

Cayman Airways grounds hoverboards

Hoverboards, the controversial but popular Christmas gift, have been banned by Cayman Airways.

New home takes shape for fire-hit George Town family

An overwhelming community response has helped the Buttrum family begin rebuilding a new home on the site their old one that burned to the ground in July.

CarePay trial: Contract was 'highway robbery,' witness says

Fees that were expected to generate more than US$2 million a year for a Jamaican company providing services to the Cayman Islands public hospital system under the CarePay contract were called “highway robbery” by a Crown witness who testified Thursday in an ongoing criminal trial.

Devon Anglin trial Judge: Verdict expected Jan. 19

Justice Charles Quin has scheduled Jan. 19 as the date to deliver his judgment in the trial of Devon Anglin, who is charged with the Feb. 15, 2010 murder of 4-year-old Jeremiah Barnes.

New fire chief plans focus on response times, risk management

David Hails underwent what he described as a “baptism by fire” this week during an unannounced visit to the Cayman Islands, where he was introduced as the new chief fire officer.

'Hails' to the chief: Cayman's new top firefighter

Based on his résumé, the hiring of David Hails as chief fire officer appears to be an unqualified recruitment triumph.

Two rescued near Pedro Bluff

Emergency responders rescued two men in distress in the water near Pedro Bluff on Sunday morning.

UK fire service veteran named new chief

For the first time since the Cayman Islands Fire Service was created, a non-Caymanian has been appointed to lead the department.

Jeriatrics need the right Chemistry

The indoor volleyball season continued with some sizzling action in the semifinals of the playoffs on Tuesday night.

In Focus: National Gallery's 'Night Circus'

The "Night Circus" was the theme of this year's National Gallery fundraiser on Friday.

Court of Appeal briefs

A roundup of some of the cases heard during the latest session of the Court of Appeal.

Burned-out vehicle discovered in Frank Sound

Police and fire services officers are investigating a burned-out vehicle found in the Frank Sound area of North Side late on Tuesday night.

50 years ago: Armistice Day observed, fire doused

In the Nov. 24, 1965 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a predecessor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote about the service that was held at the Cenotaph in Stake Bay.

Open season on turkeys with 'Turkey Blast'

Thanksgiving and Christmas are all about the turkey, so downloading the Turkey Blast app is a seasonal recommendation.

Playhouse Family Christmas delights once again

The Playhouse Family Christmas is returning to the Prospect Playhouse Theatre stage, bringing carols and festive cheer to audiences of all ages.

Cayman Brac employment: A Saab story

The 21 "additional" jobs connected with enhanced Cayman Brac air service are being created by government fiat, not market demand.

Brac airport, CAL to add 21 jobs

The airport expansion on Cayman Brac, along with a new plane and more flights in and out of Charles Kirkconnell International Airport, means 21 new jobs for the island, Tourism Minister and Sister Islands MLA Moses Kirkconnell said. The minister said the airport has hired more firefighters and immigration and customs officers.

Brac crash kills doctor, construction company owner

Two American men die and a third long-time Cayman Brac resident is hospitalized following a Sunday afternoon crash.

Inaugural flight for Brac plane

Cayman Airways christened its new plane to fly between the Brac and Grand Cayman. Officials say the plane will be phased into daily use this month.

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