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 Lautoka City Council Suspects Arson At Vunato Rubbish Dump

NFA has been notified and consulted on the firefighting methodology and they constantly monitor and guide LCC on this. The council is working to rectify the problem at our earliest and in the best interest of the public and Lautoka communities,
05 Aug 2021 18:48
 Lautoka City Council Suspects Arson At Vunato Rubbish Dump
An excavator clearing the site at the Vunato Rubbish Dump in Lautoka where a fire had occurred on August 1, 2021.

Mohammed Anees Khan says the Lautoka City Council (LCC) suspects that some individuals may have deliberately set the Vunato Rubbish Dump on fire.

The Lautoka City Council chief executive officer said the incident had been reported to the National Fire Authority (NFA) and the Fiji Police Force.

The fire, which broke out on the 50-acre land, occurred at around 5.15pm on Sunday.

Mr Khan said the council was using an excavator and bulldozer to create fire breaks to isolate the fire and douse it using water pumped from nearby creeks.

“NFA has been notified and consulted on the firefighting methodology and they constantly monitor and guide LCC on this. The council is working to rectify the problem at our earliest and in the best interest of the public and Lautoka communities,” he said.

“We suspect arson and the same has been reported to Police for appropriate actions.

“All fires at the Vunato landfill site had been caused by arson and appropriate reports had always been lodged.”

He said the cost to fence the area and install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras would incur a huge cost.

“LCC has been reviewing the effectiveness security at the site and has appointed a new security company to monitor. Construction of a watch-tower was planned to be implemented in the new financial year and this will now be pursued with utmost energy,” he said.

“In order to reduce the rubbish load coming into the Vunato Dump, the council is promoting the separation of garbage sources.”

Mr Khan clarified that the council does not resort to burning rubbish at the dump site but uses an open aerobic and evaporation or decomposition method to manage the landfill site.

National Fire Authority chief executive officer, Puamau Sowane said investigations were still ongoing. Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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