(CMR) The Cayman Islands dump sarcastically renamed Mount Trashmore is on fire this morning. The substantial fire has caused the Cayman International School located next door to close for the day. The sent an email to parents indicating the situation shortly after 9:00 am.
Fire rescue was on location fighting the blaze. Readers can watch our Facebook Livestream of the event here.
Department of Environmental Health (DEH) and Cayman Islands Fire Service (CIFS) crews are working to resolve an incident at the vehicle recycling plant adjacent to the George Town Landfill, this morning (24 January 2020).
CIFS crews arrived at the site at 8.32 a.m. where a deep-seated fire had emerged among the vehicles. CIFS are working closely with DEH colleagues and plant operators to move surrounding vehicles not involved in the fire, to enable swift and effective extinguishment.
Further assistance has been given from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service helicopter and thermal imaging cameras to help crews pinpoint the deep-seated fire.
A large smoke plume can be seen in the vicinity. With current variable winds, surrounding residents and businesses affected by this smoke plume are advised to keep windows and doors closed.
Properties with air conditioning units should monitor their effectiveness and ensure the smoke is not drawn into buildings.
This situation is being closely monitored by all concerned agencies and further updates will be provided from the scene as the crews continue work to contain the fire.