Large Fire Causes Moderate Air Quality In Chaguanas

A large fire along the Southern Main Road, Enterprise has created a large plume of smoke across Chaguanas and environs, reducing air quality across the area.

Location of the large fire in Central Trinidad, along the Southern Main Road in the vicinity of Alisha Marketing (Google Earth/TTWC)
Location of the large fire in Central Trinidad, along the Southern Main Road in the vicinity of Alisha Marketing (Google Earth/TTWC)

Shortly after 5:00 PM, Monday 4th January 2021, fire quickly spread from a home to an attached warehouse that houses Alisha Marketing and Seumeds Limited on the corner of Citrus Drive and the Southern Main Road.

Workers from the buildings were quickly evacuated and fire officials quickly responded with tenders from Tunapuna and Wrightson Road also coming to assistance.

Traffic along the Southern Main Road was halted, with officers attached to the Cunupia Police Station and the Central Division Task Force on site aiding with crowd and traffic control.

The source of the fire is yet to be ascertained as well as the value of damage.

As of 11:00 PM, the blaze had not yet been extinguished with a large plume of smoke blanketing parts of Enterprise, Endeavour, Longdenville, and Chaguanas due to light northeasterly winds.

Moderate air quality being recorded in Longdenville as a large plume of smoke blankets the region/
Moderate air quality being recorded in Longdenville as a large plume of smoke blankets the region/

This smoke has reduced air quality in the area to moderate. The public is advised to keep windows closed overnight as smoke billows into the atmosphere. For the general population, little to no impacts are forecast beyond reduced visibility. For sensitive groups, such as children, the elderly, and persons who suffer from respiratory ailments and allergies, you may need to avoid prolonged exertion outdoors.

Moderate air quality impacts
Moderate air quality impacts
Moderate air quality impacts

Air quality across the remainder of T&T remains at generally good levels due to no Saharan Dust concentrations present. We are monitoring a minor surge of dust forecast to move across the region beginning January 10th, 2021.

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