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Smoke blankets Jamaica's capital as dump fire burns

Noxious smoke blankets Jamaica's capital as the latest fire burns at sprawling dump

Smoke blankets Jamaica's capital as dump fire burns

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Noxious smoke is blanketing Jamaica's capital as a fire burns at a sprawling waste dump on the city's outskirts.

Firefighters were trying to put out the wind-fanned blaze as it billowed acrid smoke across Kingston and parts of neighboring St. Catherine parish on Thursday.

The Riverton City dump has seen repeated fires. There's virtually no control over what is unloaded so all manner of industrial and commercial waste burns when it catches fire.

Three years ago, a government study found alarming levels of volatile organic compounds were released by a previous fire at the dump. The cancer-causing chemical benzene was detected at three times the World Health Organization's air standard.

The last major fire at the dump was in April 2014, when flames burned for nearly two weeks.

Updated : 2021-09-25 20:54 GMT+08:00