Friday 21 February, 2020

SSA 95-percent complete at Mangrove landfill on third day of fire

Less smoke over the Mangrove landfill area on day three.

Less smoke over the Mangrove landfill area on day three.

The Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) is close to completing work at the Mangrove landfill to extinguish a fire that has been ongoing for three days.

"The team is capping off just a final area," relayed the Sanitation Service Authority (SSA), Public Relations Officer (PRO), Carl 'Alff' Padmore this evening, Wednesday, February 5, 2020. "We probably are about 95 percent complete."

Today, he said that, "Unlike yesterday where there was the surprise of the grass fire, we have all of that area capped, under control, there is no black smoke [now] in the area...

"The residents in Arch Hall should feel a sense of relief tonight."

Padmore said that the teams working to extinguish the blaze were met with some challenges besides the grass fire. "They are taking their time" since they had to manoeuvre around two cavities and "had to bring in additional mold to deal with that area."

However, by afternoon today, the SSA PRO had reported that the top soil was in place and less smoke was billowing, "the air quality is not problematic to those living down wind."

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