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What’s Trending: Fire at metal dump

What’s Trending: Fire at metal dump

Tue, March 26, 2013 - 9:12 AM

The Nation’s Online Editor Carol Martindale looks at What’s Trending today in Barbados.

Yesterday’s fire at the vehicle and metal dump at Cane Garden St Thomas is what people are talking about today.

The fire which started just after midday continued to burn up to late last night and some reported they could see the thick black smoke from all across the island.

Diana C Johnson: “Prayers for all affected by the smoke, hopefully no respiratory ailments as a result. Stay safe all.”

David Quintyne:”I hope everybody are feeling alright this morning”.

Ian Massiah: “I am really sorry to see this blaze. This company has really cleaned up Barbados. A pet bottle can't drop on the ground before someone picks it up. We must now make sure in the future that these types of companies are not located in densely populated areas due to the obvious fire and smoke hazard.”

Conchita Moseley: “This is not good for the environment and people with respiratory problems. Sadly there is not much that can be done, Why are these dumps so close to residential areas?  In the past it was cane fields that were set alight today it seems to be dumps and warehouses. Let’s hope it burns itself out very soon. Fortunately no others buildings or homes caught fire and most importantly no casualties.”

For more comments as well as pictures from yesterday's fire, go to the Nation's Facebook page

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Posted by Bim Bum 1 year, 7 months ago
Pray tell...WHERE are we to find an area
in densely-populated Barbados
that is going to be five miles away from the nearest house?
- even ONE mile away?

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Posted by Tony Webster 1 year, 7 months ago
Carcinogens (particulates; vapours; chemicals; leachates) often take years to show evidence in the human body. An air-quality test, and others I hear mentioned , will not alone suffice to establish the extent of any future (potential) problems, and will only show the current state of toxicity (or safety) of the living environs. This callous, selfish result by the law-breakers who caused the fire, will require the highest levels of forensic testing over an extended time...and full, clear, and regular reports from whichever ministry takes the lead on the whole matter now exposed. There is much to be concerned about- over the longer term.

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