Thursday, April 18, 2024

Smoke check


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Firefighters kept an all-night watch at the Mangrove Landfill after a roaring daytime blaze poured thick smoke into the air, threatening the health of residents along its path.
And from 7 a.m. today health officials will be back in the St Thomas area observing the smoke and detecting any odours, which they believe may become a bit more intense today.
Chief Environmental Officer Tyrone Applewhaite told the DAILY NATION last night that after the last surveillance, the fire had been brought under control to the extent that the smoke was creeping along the ground. As a result, he explained, the smell was expected to get more intense.
“It is a very small band stretching from Bennetts Tenantry to the southern end of Arch Hall so that the whole of Arch Hall is not affected. So the band is very narrow and that is good,” said Applewhaite as he reported very little fallout of material in the Sandy Lane, Arch Hall areas. 
About seven hours after the fire broke out about 9 a.m. in the tyre section of the dump, authorities reported that they had it under control and had opened two schools – Sharon Primary and The Lester Vaughan School – for affected residents while the Accident & Emergency section of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital was on standby.
A check at the shelters revealed that at the end of the day, no one had sought refuge in any of the shelters or reported breathing problems. (AC/LK)

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