The fire that had ignited at the Jost Dyke dump has been extinguished.
Manager of the Department of Waste Management, Greg Massicote said the fire was small and “nothing to get alarmed about”.
“By the time contractors got to the site this morning, it (the fire) was already out. So, they just continued from where they left off yesterday (August 21).”
Workmen have been at the location to undergo a debris cleanup exercise.
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Reports reaching BVI News are that a fire has broken out at the dump on the sister island of Jost Van Dyke.
The blaze reportedly started sometime Tuesday evening, August 21.
Manager of the Department of Waste Management, Greg Massicote, told BVI News he is not sure how the dump caught fire.
He, however, said the fire started at a time when the Department has begun debris cleanup at the site.
“Works to remove the debris from that site officially started [yesterday] (August 21). But, of course, depending on the extent of the fire, we will have to delay that work until the fire is out,” he told BVI News Tuesday night.
Amateur video footage sent to our news centre shows what appears to be a relatively large fire at a location believed to be the Jost Van Dyke dump.
BVI News will provide more information as it becomes available.
Meanwhile, this is at least the second dump to have caught ablaze in recent months.
There was a massive fire at the Cox Heath dump on Tortola back in May. That blaze lasted nearly a month before it was put out.
Residents in surrounding communities felt varying degrees of effects from the thick clouds of smoke the fire had produced.
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