Fire at landfill in St James extinguished, says fire dept

Monday, March 16, 2015

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ST JAMES, Jamaica – The St James Fire Department has reported that it extinguished a small fire, which broke out at the Retirement Landfill site in St James on Sunday.
Giving an update on the matter, Superintendent in Charge of the St James Fire Department Dolphin Doeman, told JIS News that one unit and seven firefighters from the Montego Bay Fire Station quickly extinguished the fire, which reportedly started just after 9:00 pm Sunday.
“There is no fire at the Retirement landfill at the moment. We received a call at 9:11 pm on Sunday and one unit with seven fire fighters responded and in quick time the fire was extinguished. Heavy-duty equipment, which is on site, was also used to complete smoldering operations. The fire has been completely extinguished,” he informed.
 Superintendent Doeman also pointed out that the fire-fighting efforts received support from the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), which is in charge of the disposal site.
For his part, regional operations manager at the NSWMA Western Regional Offices, Eifert Daley, said the fire which covered an area the size of a lawn tennis court is completely extinguished and operations are back to normal.
This fire follows the Riverton City Landfill fire, which has been creating havoc in Kingston since it started last Wednesday. Smog from the dump has clouded areas of Kingston and St Catherine forcing some 51 schools to close their doors Friday and today.


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