After feverish efforts to put out the blaze that raged at the Cox Heath dump last evening, the fire is still burning.
However, head of the Department of Waste Management Greg Massicotte has assured that the fire has been contained.
The Department of Waste Management, the Fire and Rescue Department, and the Public Works Department are taking a multi-agency approach to out the blaze.
Massicotte said private contractors are also on standby.
“We have equipment that’s going to be stationed from every angle trying to isolate it so that there is no spreading. There is a lot of waste out there that is going to cause it to burn for a little while so we’re going to try our best to isolate it and smother it as much as possible,” Massicotte told BVI News this morning, May 10.
He said: “For added safety, we’re digging a trench around the affected area to help contain it. But even without that (the trench) it’s more or less contained”.
“Anytime you have a fire, once it’s lit it will be worrying no matter what but we are working to get it out as soon as possible,” the Waste Management boss added.
Authorities have not identified the cause of the fire but the matter is being investigated.
Massicotte said any number of factors could have caused the blaze.
It could have been worse
Massicotte further said the fire could have been considerably worse if residential and commercial waste were being dumped at Cox Heath.
“Thank God it’s mainly only construction waste going to that site so it was much easier to burn out.”
Mountains of debris from the last September’s hurricanes continue to be piled at the dump.
Massicotte said Waste Management will have to re-evaluate how to clear the dump; given the fire that continues to burn in the area.
In the meantime, authorities have ordered the Cox Heath dump site closed. Residents are advised to channel all waste to the incinerator.