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Fire at Riverton City dump not fully extinguished

Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 6:22 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – The fire that started some six days ago at the Riverton City dump in Kingston is expected to be extinguished “very, very soon” a representative of the National Solid Waste and Emergency Management Authority (NSWMA) said Thursday afternoon.

When OBSERVER ONLINE visited Riverton several trucks were seen moving earth to the site with other heavy duty machinery shovelling and spreading the material to have the remnants of the fire fully extinguished.

“The fire and the smoke nuisance has subsided, but not fully, Director of Operations at the NSWMA Percival Stewart told OBSERVER ONLINE Thursday. “We hope to get it fully [extinguished] very, very soon.”

On Monday the NSWMA had given an undertaking to have the fire which started over the weekend extinguished by the end of the week.

There are currently 16 units trucking earth to the site, a number that should increase by five with additional units to be provided by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management Unit (ODPEM) Thursday afternoon, Stewart said, adding that there has been a good turnaround time today.

However, with some seven to eight acres already covered, Stewart said there are another two acres that is still smoking and “the wind is posing quite a problem”.

Stewart added that the heavy smoke that was seen by some residents in the Corporate Area earlier Thursday was as a result of the wind being a little more intense. 

He said that his team was dealing with the natural elements as best as they could, but was unwilling to provide a specific timeline for the fire to be fully extinguished.

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