Local Government Minister Noel Arscott is seeking to allay fears of a fresh fire at the Riverton City Dump in St. Andrew.

A fire which broke out at Westbrook Avenue shortly after 6-this morning, sparked concern that the dump site was again ablaze.

The fire had actually broken out at an open lot used to store discarded tyres and located just off Spanish Town Road.

Minister Arscott says the situation is now under control.

When our news team went to the area this morning firefighters were leading the response effort.

The firefighters were assisted by heavy duty equipment from the nearby Riverton Dump.

A Jamaica Public Service Company utility pole had also caught fire, but was quickly extinguished by the team.

Members of the JCF and JDF were also deployed to the area.

Deputy Superintendent of Operations at the Hunts Bay Police Station, Owen Robertson says several units responded to the call.

DSP Robertson says the police are unable to say what caused the fire.

In the meantime the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management ODPEM, says while there is no fire at the Riverton City Dump, there is a likelihood of smoke spreading throughout surrounding communities.

Persons should take the necessary precautions to ensure their health and safety.