Business, buildings badly damaged in 2nd fire on Bay St. this month

Thick smoke rises into the sky as a fire blazes at Eustace Auto Supplies in Kingstown, Saturday (Photo courtesy Nakeisha Chance-John).

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – The Fire Department is investigating a blaze Saturday afternoon that destroyed a truck and two containers of tyres at Eustace Auto Supplies, in Lower Bay Street, the second fire on that street this month.

The Anglican School, a house, and at least two other business places in the vicinity were also damaged in the blaze

However, Eustace Auto Supplies received the brunt of the damage.

The cause of the fire and the cost of the damage are yet to be determined.

The state-owned National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) reported Sunday that a French warship, in St. Vincent for a training exercise, helped local fire fighters to contain the blaze.

Godfrey Pompey, permanent secretary in the Ministry of National Security, praised the efforts of all involved, according to the NBC.

A fire in Kingstown on April 1 damaged at least one building on Lower Bay Street.

There have been at least four fires in the capital over the past six months, including one last October that destroyed census data at the Financial Complex, which also houses the Office of the Prime Minister.

Firefighters here, for the most part, do not have sufficient equipments, including protective gear, necessary to carry out their duties.

The frequency of fires in the nation’s capital and the ability of firefighters stationed there to contain them in time might highlight a need for improvement of the department, an arm of the Police Force.

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5 thoughts on “Business, buildings badly damaged in 2nd fire on Bay St. this month

  1. The fire service is under funded, they are trying their best with faulty equipment and equipment that doesn’t work.

    I blame Gonsalves, he spent between 2 and 6 million dollars on the referendum to try and push through a yes vote. That money was needed by the fire service and hospital, bad management bordering on a criminal act on the part of Gonsalves.

    If the referendum had been successful for him, by now he would be wielding the stick of dictatorship on us all.

    Come on VINCYPOWA and all you Marxist scum bags, show us how black is white, and white is black, argue against the correctness of my statement.

    Posted by Peter | April 23, 2012, 09:39
  2. Come on TAX DEFAULTERS pay up your fair share of Tax so that the Government can use some well needed funds to take care of these mishaps!!!!!

    Posted by no-nonsense | April 23, 2012, 14:40
  3. Probably bad wiring,just like svg,de stupid red rat dem eat de wiring

    Posted by Joe | April 23, 2012, 23:13
  4. JOE, he’s been in hospital, couldn’t of been him.

    Posted by Peter | April 24, 2012, 17:53
  5. Did you all know that the fire service has never put a building fire out, they have only managed to control total burnouts.

    Now theres one for the Guiness World Book of Records. Must be a Caribbean and perhaps a World record also.

    Number 3 rape capital, number 1 fire capital, number 1 liar capital.


    Posted by Peter | April 25, 2012, 13:42

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