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The Saint Lucia Fire Service responded to a report of an incident at the Vieux Fort Landfill around 8p.m. on Sunday 24th August, 2013.  Upon arrival, fire personnel discovered a fire concentrated to a large heap of tyres.  To date, the blaze continues.

A collaborative team comprising members from the Ministry of Health, the Saint Lucia Fire Service, the Saint Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority, the Department of Fisheries and the National Emergency Management Organisation have been working hard to assess the situation at the landfill and surrounding communities.

The team has concluded that the fire is under control and that a three phase plan has been commissioned to completely extinguishing it.  The first phase involves dispersing the tyre pile.  The next phase is excavating a pit in which the tyres will be doused.  The final phase is to drown the tyres.  This exercise should be concluded by Monday 2nd September, 2013.

Schools in the vicinity of the fire, including the Vieux Fort Comprehensive Secondary School Campus B, the Plain View Combined School and the preschools located in the area, will be closed next week to facilitate adequate assessment and clean-up.

Meanwhile, NEMO has advised the public that sporadic flare-ups during the extinguishing process are possible but it is no cause for alarm. Additionally, there may be sediment deposits during this exercise but these deposits will be dealt with in due course.NEMO has further advised residents in the affected communities to limit their exposure as much as possible.  Anyone who experiences respiratory distress symptoms due to the current situation has been encouraged  see their medical practitioner or visit a health facility at the soonest.

A subsequent update on this situation will be issued.

 

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