Archive for August 17th, 2014

Fire fighters wrestle with another dump fire

| 17/08/2014 | 38 Comments

(CNS): Fire crews were busy battling yet another major blaze at the George Town dump on Sunday morning after some 5000 square feet of the main landfill ignited. Officials from the fire service said that the fire was reported to 911 at around 11:15 am. Domestic fire crews were sent immediately to the dump and found a visible fire with flames covering roughly 5000 square feet. A considerably blaze, crews attacked it aggressively to prevent it from becoming a more massive fire. Although the fire was brought under control within an hour and a half with the help of the DEH excavator operator overturning the burning debris.Crews remained on the site throughout Sunday and into Monday morning and were expected to remain there until the risk of reignition abated.

The latest dump blaze comes hot on the heels of a blaze less than one week ago that occupied firefighters for several days and is now part of a regular occurrence, despite the recent investment in new equipment a commitment to purchase the necessary marl to prevent the dump from igniting. 

With a holistic solution still some two years away as a result of the need to follow the process set down by the UK and adopted into local legislation, the minister with responsibility for the dump has committed to dealing directly with the immediate equipment and resource issues, however, despite the historic problems associated with the dump the fire problems have intensified in recent months. 

Officials confirmed that firefighters would stay at the landfill to continue saturating all of the smoldering area until the fire is completely extinguished and were understood to have done so thoroughout Sunday night.

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Brac man attacks ex and her new lover

| 17/08/2014 | 1 Comment

(CNS): The police chief on Cayman Brac has issued a warning to residents there that domestic violence will not be tolerated after a man was arrested Saturday morning following a violent attack on his ex-girlfriend and her new partner. Officers from the Brac police station arrested the 38-year-old man on suspicion of wounding, aggravated burglary and damage to property. Chief inspector Frank Owens said the man was suspected of forcibly entering his former lover’s home on the Bluff and then attacking her and her boyfriend with a knife and a machete. The man fled the scene before police and medics arrived. The couple were taken to the hospital, where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries and released.

Officers then began a broad search of the island and located the suspect a short time later and he was taken into custody. He has since been transported to Grand Cayman, where he remains in police custody ahead of a court appearance on Monday morning.

“Any forms of domestic violence here in the Sister Islands will be treated with zero tolerance and the full force of the law will be utilised," CI Owens said.

A 42-year-old man was arrested on Saturday for making threats to witnesses in connection to the incident. He is currently on police bail.

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