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Trinidad battles landfill fire, heavy smoke

January 30, 2014

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — A burning landfill is sending smoke across parts of Trinidad’s capital. That’s forcing some schools and businesses to close on Thursday.

Officials say they have temporarily closed the landfill near Port-of-Spain. The fire began on Sunday and has forced dozens of people to seek medical treatment for asthma and other problems.

The Environmental Management Authority says the fire caused particulates in the air near the landfill to reach 13 times the level considered acceptable. It says the fire was set on purpose.

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