Mystery fire

A fire of unknown origin extensively damaged the rear section of an unoccupied stone building in the heart of historic Queen Street, Speightstown, earlier today.

Reports indicated that the Barbados Fire Service responded to the call around 12:35 p.m. with three water tenders and 12 firefighters under the command of Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Errol Maynard.

The appliances, drawn from the Arch Hall and Weston Fire Stations as well as headquarters in Bridgetown, were dispatched to what was originally believed to be the historic, but abandoned, old public library building. However, it turned out to be another unoccupied structure beside the library.

Acting Leading Fire Officer, Stephen Miller, told Barbados TODAY that the building was currently held in trust to FirstCaribbean Wealth Management. He confirmed that the rear of the building was extensively damaged and could cave in at any time. (NC)†

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