Officers of the Environmental Management Authority are continuing investigations into Tuesday’s fire which razed part of a remediation site owned by Earth Company Limited.
In an interview with Guardian Media, Chief Executive Officer of the EMA Hayden Romano said the fire caused considerable damage to the area. He added that an investigation is on to determine whether there was any breach of environmental regulations.
Noting that the area was not a landfill site, Romano explained: “It is a remediation site.
“There are a number of ponds where they remediate waste oil and other petroleum products, it appears a bush fire started in the area and some of the ponds got lit.
The fire services are continuing to have it under control.”
He added: “We are going to continue the investigation to see what was the cause of the fire, whether it was a bush fire and if there was any breach of any environmental laws or requirements.
We don’t have enough information to make a pronouncement on the cause at this time.”
With regard to an increased prevalence of bush fires, Romano said people must play their part to prevent fires.
“All of us have to get involved. These fires are not spontaneous combustion.
“It is caused by people inadvertently throwing out cigarette butts or burning garbage which gets out of control,” Romano said.
He warned citizens to be mindful of bush fires.
“We must be responsible citizens. We are in a dry season and these fires catch very quickly.”
Meanwhile, classes were disrupted at Vessigny High School because of another bush fire.
A school official said the smoke was so bad that students began complaining of breathing problems.
Classes were dismissed at noon.
Reporter: Radhica De Silva