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A fire that has been on­go­ing at the Vu­nato rub­bish dump in Lau­toka since last Fri­day was al­legedly de­lib­er­ately lit. Lau­toka City Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Jone Nakau­vadra has con­firmed that the smoke bil­low­ing out from the dump was not hazardous as this was dried wood. “The pile of tim­ber and leaves was from 6000 loads of tree branches and leaves gath­ered af­ter Cy­clone Win­ston,” Mr Nakau­vadra said. “Some­one burnt the de­bris but we have man­aged to cut a fire break around the burn­ing wood.” Mr Nakau­vadra said the Na­tional Fire Au­thor­ity trucks could not ac­cess the area and coun­cil work­ers had re­sorted to dous­ing the fire with wa­ter from a nearby creek. “The smoke is not hazardous and this could be told by the white colour and there is no smell.”

He said they car­ried out all ef­forts to ex­tin­guish the fire.

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