Tuesday 19 June, 2018

Fire blankets community with smoke, residents ask government to act

Barbadians are once again calling on government to bring legislation to deter and punish those who burn indiscriminately in the island.

This as officials from the Barbados Fire Service battle a grass fire in the Hothersal Turning, St Michael area.

Fire officials told Loop News that they have been battling the blaze, which is at this time blanketing many communities throughout that area with thick smoke.  

While some residents complained about respiratory issues and said they will have to head to the doctor to seek assistance, others stressed that this is not a one-off issue.

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"I don't know how this fire start," one resident said, "but I know some people around here just burn like it is fashion.

"Why you need to be burning so? Government needs to put things in place so that they will be fined or locked up - you can't just keep making people sick so!"

"Yes I agree... this is too much foolishness," another joined in. "I hope this new government takes this seriously and brings legislation to deal with this once and for all. We've been hearing talk about it for years now and nothing has been done still.

"My eyes here itching like mad and my chest tight. People can't sleep at night because of the smoke affecting you, children have to miss school, people have to miss work, all because some people find burning to be a pastime. I am begging the new Minister of Environment Mr Trevor Prescod to do something."

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