Health Minister, Dr. Kenneth Darroux, has described a fire at the landfill in Fond Cole as unfortunate and vows that he will ensure it never happens again.
He was speaking on state-owned DBS Radio’s Talking Point on Monday.
“What happened over the weekend, let me say for the record, was very unfortunate,” he said. “As the Minister of Health, let me just commit myself to the Dominican public to say that we are going to try our best to ensure that this never, ever, ever happens again.”
He also described as “malicious” comments made by some that the fire was deliberately set.
He also said that generally very little burning takes place at the landfill.
“And if it happens, it happens in a controlled way,” Darroux noted.
He remarked that the cause of the blaze, which began on Friday, is being investigated.
“This matter is so serious that as we speak, it is being investigated we have called in the police to launch an investigation into what happened because clearly this is unacceptable,” he stated.
He also denied reports that there was the planned buring of tires at the landfill when the incident took place.
“This fire was not started, it was not intended and there was no planned burning of tires or any other solid waste at the landfill,” he remarked.
Darroux noted that there was not lost of life or property and and mentioned that preliminary reports indicate that someone visited the landfill, as customary, and tried to burn a few items and the fire got out of control.
He took the time to apologize to the public.
“I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to the Dominican public, to everyone who happened to be in Dominica on Friday including the cruise ship visitors,” Darroux stated.