Police have instigated road blocks between South Sound Road/Walkers Road and North Church Street/Boilers Road due to suspicious smoke at the Sols oil terminal on North Church Street.
It has since been confirmed by HCMI that there was a fire in one of the diesel tanks. He said the Cayman Islands Fire Service is using foam to try and put it out and cool the area so the fire doesn’t spread.
The public is being asked to take alternative routes and avoid the area completely
Police and Fire Depts are at the scene. CMR followers who live in the area have indicated that they have begun evacuating. The Cayman Islands Red Cross has stepped up and assisted some of those who had to be evacuated.
Update: 7:20 p.m. Sunday July 23
The fire at Jackson Point fuel terminal and evacuation of the surrounding area constitute a “major incident,” said RCIPS Superintendent Robert Graham.
“There was a report of flames coming from the terminal. The fire brigade are responding at the moment, looking to manage that. “We have had to put a quick evacuation in place for around a mile’s radius. Persons were being evacuated as we stated earlier.
“It is a major incident. We have a number of emergency services at the scene. The most important thing is to make sure that the public are aware and keep away from this particular area for now.”
Update 7:00 a.m. Monday July 24
Hazard Management Cayman Islands:
“Fire Officers have extinguished the fire at the Sol Fuel distribution centre on South Church Street. Shortly after 2.45 am, the “All Clear” was issued and residents were advised that they can safely return to their homes. The officers fought the fire for over 8 hours in hot and humid conditions wearing heavy fire retardant suits.
“A unified command post was established at Sunset House, and included HMCI staff, Fire Officers, EMS, Police, Sol, and the Chief Petroleum Inspector which together coordinated the response. Chief Fire Officer Hails had this to say about the response effort: “We should all be proud of the response from our firefighters and other first responders today. They did a great job and all worked together under challenging circumstances. I am also pleased to report there were no injuries. This was a potentially dangerous fire involving a large quantity of fuel, and our first responders did what needed to be done to keep the public safe.”
“Fire officers will remain on the scene throughout the night as a precautionary watch.”