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Arson ruled out in LIAT hangar fire

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Investigators have ruled out arson in the June 10 fire at the hangar of regional airline LIAT, the company said on Wednesday.

“While the investigation is continuing, the law enforcement authorities have ruled out arson as the cause of the fire which destroyed one of the company’s two hangars, an aircraft and two office buildings,” LIAT said in a statement.

LIAT’s Chief Executive Officer Brian Challenger thanked the authorities “for their dedication and hard work and we are pleased with the findings of the investigation,” according to the statement.

“I would like to add my gratitude to the Government of Barbados in general and the two-member team from the Barbados Police Force in particular who assisted with the investigation,” Challenger further stated.

He also thanked the members of LIAT’s internal security team and employees from other departments throughout the company “who have worked tirelessly since the incident to get us to this stage.”

The investigative team comprised seven officers from the Antigua and Barbuda Police Force and Fire Service along with the two Forensic Investigators from the Royal Barbados Police Force.

The site of the fire remains secure and restricted as issues of safety remain paramount whilst the Company endeavours to fully recover its insured losses, LIAT said.

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