* Photos by Don Burgess
* Photos by Don Burgess
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FRIDAY, MAY 16: A smoky haze filled Hamilton as the Pembroke dump caught on fire around 2pm today. Two trucks had responded by 2:15pm with three fire vehicles in total on the scene to put out the blaze.

The ministry of Works and Engineering said: "It is believed that the ignition source of the fire is related to equipment repairs on-going at the time. A full investigation to the cause of the fire is pending.

"The Bermuda Fire Service responded and quickly contained the fire. However, it will likely be into the evening hours before the fire is completely extinguished.

"It is expected that the Marsh Folly facility will be open to receive horticultural waste tomorrow. The public is advised that vehicles arriving at the site may be directed to a new location in order to discharge their loads. For safety reasons, no unauthorized traffic will be allowed to access the fire area.

The total area burned measured 1,000 square feet.

The last time the dump caught fire was in February 2007. That time the cause was linked to agricultural waste being left to pile too high. That fire lasted for nearly two weeks before being extinguished with Government being left to pick up the tab to have nearby homes' roofs cleaned.

See more photos here.