Fire Service quickly extinguishes small fire at top of Bovoni Landfill

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ST. THOMAS - A small fire broke out at the top of the Bovoni Landfill early Wednesday morning, according to V.I. Fire Service officials. Firefighters responded to the blaze about 4:35 a.m., though reports of the fire came in to the V.I. Waste Management Authority as early as 3 a.m., according to Waste Management spokeswoman Stella Saunders.

The fire was on the landfill's southeastern slope and was about 20 feet by 40 feet in area.

The Waste Management Authority is investigating the incident to find out what the cause of the fire was, according to V.I. Fire Service Assistant Director Darryl George.

"That has happened sporadically," George said, explaining that combustible materials sometimes are dumped at the landfills.

Saunders said that it has been several years since the last fire broke out at one of the territory's landfills.

The fire was extinguished within a half-hour of the fire service's arrival, George said. Two units from the service's Lima Company responded, he said.

The crews borrowed a track hoe from the Waste Management Authority to disperse the burning material and extinguish it, George said, adding that the crews also used a chemical fire aid that is a sprayable foam.

"We will continue to monitor the area to make sure there are no recurrences," said Saunders.

The Waste Management Authority regulates the types of waste disposed at the landfills, though it does not always catch the disposal of combustible, hazardous materials, according to Saunders.

"It's difficult because it's basically an honor system," she said.

- Contact Jenny Kane at 714-9102 or email

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