Small fire at Retirement landfill extinguished

Small fire at Retirement landfill extinguished

Monday, March 16, 2015

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — A small fire which broke out at the Retirement landfill  in St James on Sunday has been extinguished. Superintendent in charge of the St James Fire Department, Dolphin Doeman, told JIS News that the fire, which reportedly started just after 9:00 pm on Sunday, was quickly extinguished by firefighters from the Montego Bay Fire Station.

“There is no fire at the Retirement landfill at the moment,” the superintendent said yesterday morning.

We received a call at 9:11 pm on Sunday and one unit with seven firefighters responded and in quick time the fire was extinguished. Heavy duty equipment, which is on site, was also used to complete smouldering operations,” he said.

Superintendent Doeman said the firefighters received support from the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), which has responsibility for the disposal site.

Regional operations manager at the NSWMA Western Regional Office, Eifert Daley, said the fire had only covered an area the size of a lawn tennis court. Operations at the dump were back to normal yesterday morning, he said.

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