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Firefighters Battle Fire At Scrap Metal Section of Anguilla Landfill Today

FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority said the Scrap Metal Section of the Anguilla Landfill has been on fire since 3 a.m. today.

“The Virgin Islands Fire Service (VIFS), VIWMA contractors and personnel are on scene,” VIWMA said. “VIFS is currently working to contain and suppress the fire.”

VIWMA notified all solid waste haulers that the St. Croix Transfer Station and Anguilla Landfill are closed and will not be accepting municipal solid waste until further notice. 

“Temporary closure is required to ensure safety and continued vigorous fire suppression activities,” VIWMA said.

People with respiratory conditions should seek shelter in places that minimize their exposure to smoke from the active fire. 

“When necessary, please seek alternate an location until suppression activities have concluded,” VIWMA said.

The Authority said it will continue to provide updates regarding changes that may affect public health, the environment and haulers using the landfill.

The VIWMA Preserving Paradise team apologizes for the inconvenience and would like to thank the community and facility users for their continued patience and cooperation.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications Management at 340-513-4171 or email

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

1 Comment

  1. June 30, 2019 at 4:33 PM — Reply

    Where are the St,Croix potbelly firefighters????
    They have done nothing for so long that they have forgotten how to fight a fire. The fire is burning from 3:00 am and it looks like the VIFD is trying to find the location of the fire…. What a waste of tax payers money SHM…
    I hope those people on the west side of the island are ready for the tons of smoke and pollution heading there way.

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