A First Caribbean Business Centre employee is tonight counting her lucky stars after narrowly escaping death when her car caught fire and then exploded this afternoon.
Barbados TODAY understands that around 2 pm Deborah Gibbs returned to her Warrens, St Michael workplace, after having lunch, when she saw smoke coming from her vehicle.
Director of Corporate Communications at First Caribbean Debra King said by the time Gibbs realised what was happening, her Ford Escape was already engulfed in flames. Luckily, she escaped injury.
Fire officers from the Probyn Street Fire Station were able to quickly bring the fire under control. However, all that remained when the smoke cleared was a burnt out vehicle shell.
As word of the explosion spread a large crowd gathered on the scene.
Gibbs was too shocked to speak about the incident. However, Chad Harewood told Barbados TODAY that he was busy at work nearby when he heard the explosions.
“I saw a cloud of black smoke rising from behind the buildings and heard a scream . . . When I got out here and saw the vehicle I was like ‘wow, somebody really survived that?’ Thank heavens!” he said.
An all-clear was given for workers to return to the building almost an hour after the explosion.