A fire in the White Goods sections of the Dominica Solid Waste Landfill in Fond Cole lasted two days.
It is said that the fire began at about 10 p.m. on Feb. 23, 2019.
In an interview with Vibes News on Feb. 25, 2019, Landfill Manager of the Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation (DSWMC), Jeno Jacobs said ” to date the fire [had] not been completely put out however it has been controlled by Fire Officers.”
As a result of this fire, residents in the surrounding area were advised by the Office of Disaster Management (ODM) to evacuate as the smoke was uncontrollable at the time.
According Jacobs, the cause of the fire is presently unknown however investigation by the Dominica Fire Services is ongoing.
Jacobs says the Landfill White Goods section is closed until further advised by the DSWMC.
Therefore, truck drivers are advised that no metal of any kind, wood or glass will be accepted until otherwise directed. Currently, only household garbage can be disposed at the Landfill.
Public Relations Officer of the Dominica Fire Station, Wayne Letang says Fire Officers began efforts to put out the fire from the evening of the Feb. 23, 2019. Due to where the fire was situated and the materials surrounding the fire, it could not have been put out immediately.
Letang also added that the amount of smoke associated with the fire posed a risk to people as smoke can hinder proper breathing. It was for these reasons that directives to evacuate by the ODM were given.
As a result of this fire the Dominica State College was forced to cancel all classes until Feb. 28, 2019.
The DSWMC apologizes for inconveniences this fire may have caused.