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Riverton fire under control — ODPEM

Sunday, April 20, 2014    

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THE Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) has said fire that broke out at the Riverton City Dump, Western St Andrew has been contained.

The fire, which was lit, apparently illegally, was confined to the tipping face of the dump and extends across 15 acres of the facility, ODPEM said in a news release yesterday.

The disaster agency said that despite windy conditions and an ongoing drought which has resulted in a severe water shortage mainly across Kingston and St Andrew, a multi-agency coordinated response has resulted in the blaze being kept in check.

Despite admitting that the fire was under control, ODPEM yesterday urged people who generally use the area to avoid it if possible, "or to exercise extreme caution to mitigate undue exposure".

ODPEM said that "the national and parish response mechanisms remain on standby should conditions escalate."

The latest blaze is one in a series of recent illicit fires started by arsonists, who, according to the police, are upset with the distribution of work at the location, and plans by the Jamaica Government, in collaboration with the Government of Mexico, to resurface the main road leading to the dump from Spanish Town Road, without the input of some individuals who seek spoils from government coffers.

The last major fire at the facility occurred last month and took two weeks to be put under control. Police said then that they were seeking a man, said to be a deportee from the United States, whom they believe could assist with their investigation. The man has still not been held.

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