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Fire displaces 25 people

April 6, 2024

Twenty-five people are now contemplating their next move following a late-night fire in the City. 

Acting Fire Chief, Henderson Patrick tells CBC News, that officers received reports of a fire in Wellington Street at 10:23 p.m. 

After the smoke had cleared, six structures were left destroyed, and 10 others damaged, leaving 15 adults and 10 children displaced. 

Mr Patrick says an investigation into the cause of the blaze is underway. 

Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for the City, Corey Lane, who described the situation as a disaster, has commended residents in the community for their swift response. 

City resident Ted Joseph, whose house at the adjoining Cypress Street has been partially damaged, says he had just finished taking a shower when the neighbours raised the alarm.

The Barbados Police Service released the following statement on the incident:

The Barbados Police Service (TBPS) is carrying out investigations into the circumstances surrounding a house fire that occurred at about 10:20 p.m on Sunday 5th May 2024, at Wellington Street, Saint. Michael, which damaged six (6) houses. Two (2) houses were extensively damaged, while there was moderate damage to four (4) additional houses.
Three (3) fire tenders were present under the command of Fire Chief (ag) Henderson Patricks, Deputy Fire Chief Edwards, Divisional Officer Vaughan, Station Officer Payne. Lead Fire Officer Alleyne and Greaves and sixteen (16) other fire officers responded and extinguished the blaze.

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