Published On: Sun, Feb 4th, 2018

Blazing fire on Pond Island

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Pond Island – A blazing fire of an unknown origin broke out in the site where vehicles and other forms of metal are stockpiled on Pond Island. Currently firefighters are working to contain the blaze which appears to be intensifying by the minute. From all appearances, the fire seems to be fueled by the variety of combustible materials in the proximity of the inferno.

Due to landfill fire persons with respiratory challenges advised to close windows and doors

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Part of the landfill on Pond Island is on fire.

The Fire Department is advising persons living downwind from the landfill fire to close windows and doors, especially persons who have a respiratory challenge, and for persons who suffer from asthma, shortness of breath, or any other respiratory challenges.

The Fire Department is monitoring the situation at the landfill on Pond Island.  The company responsible for the management of the landfill is working diligently to extinguish the fire.

We will be bringing you more news as reports come in…

Photos by photo journalist, Milton Pieters. Click on photos to enlarge.

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Photo caption: Oblivious of the danger the toxic fumes pose, these kids, who were in the vicinity of the fire, covered there nostrils as a form of prevention from the smoke. Photo by photo journalist, Milton Pieters.

Update: Video