Largest Fire EVER at Pamona Dumpsite in Harare

via Largest Fire EVER at Pamona Dumpsite in Harare | The Zimbabwean 21.10.13

Residents of Harare awoke yesterday morning to an eerie sky, thick brownish clouds and a strong wind. It looked like ‘rain was blowing in’, but just noticeably not normal cloud cover. It became apparent that there must have been a large fire in the area, so we got in a car and went to investigate.

Charlene Hewat, CEO of Environment Africa. “This has to be the worst fire I have ever seen at the dumpsite, and I believe that only the rains will put this out as it is huge. What a disaster. “, says Charlene Hewat.

We drove to the nearby Pomona Quarry and went to the top of the hill. The entire dump site was engulfed in heavy thick black smoke pouring into the morning air. It looked like heavy black storm clouds and to agitate the fire further, the morning came with strong gusting winds.

I do not have details as to how the fire started. One of the people who have worked at the Quarry for many years says that every year there are fires at the dump site, but this fire is the largest she has ever seen. The smoke was so thick that cars could not drive through the area as the visibility was zero. Fire trucks were in attendance including from Civil Aviation Authority and were dousing the flames with water. A pall of thick smoke still hung over the suburbs surrounding the dump site this evening.

According to Harare Town Clerk, Tendai Mahachi, who was at the site a few minutes ago, he is told the fire was started by a mentally challenged man around 2am today. The same man was chased away from the site last week when he started a fire which was eventually controlled. “The fire is huge and fire tenders are battling to put it out. Dump site fires are difficult to fight as they start again the moment you think you have put the situation under control. We hope the situation would be under control by Monday morning,” said Mahachi.



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    Sekuru Mapenga 11 years ago

    Started by a mentally challenged man! ha ha… The dump is run by a mentally challenged city authority. Fire from methane gas as municipal waste dumps is a standard hazard, and that is one of the many reasons that waste materials are compacted and progressively covered with soil as they are dumped.

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    Ivor Payne 11 years ago

    How about reporting on the health aspects of breathing in this toxic smoke?

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    Zvorwadza 11 years ago

    its now the third day imagine utsi hunosvika kuNorton, zvimba kwese uko.tsinye

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    William Doctor 11 years ago

    Mugabe was sighted at Pamona quarry at 2am Sunday morning, in his pyjamas, holding a box of matches.

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    Stadoh 11 years ago

    u must fence the whole dump area and guard the entrance to avoid people walking in willy nilly

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    Gavan Duffy 11 years ago

    what a load of rubbish from Harare Town clerk, Since Pamona quarry was designated as a refuge dump, it has been burning ever since
    combustion fires and underneath all that rubbish is a massive fire burning away, for years now there has been smoke fouling the air and residents just put up with it, the combustion flames have managed to break through to the top this time.

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    Zvichapera 11 years ago

    Purely not understanding environmental and waste management, simple.