Fire destroys abandoned house

A two-bedroom timber and wall structure in Bagatelle Gardens, Bagatelle, St Thomas was tonight extensively damaged by fire.



The house, which has been abandoned for about four years now, is said to belong to a resident of Thompson Gap, Spooners Hill St Michael.

When a Barbados TODAY team arrived on the scene there were two fire tenders and a water tank, two police officers and a Barbados Light and Power vehicle.

The electricity in the area was disconnected.

Station officer with the Barbados Fire Service Clarence Hinds told Barbados TODAY that they got a call around 8:30 p.m. and they arrived on the scene about 10 minutes later from the Probyn Fire Station.

“The house was extensively damaged . . . it was unoccupied,” said Hinds.

A resident who lived on an adjacent property and who did not want to be identified, said she was inside watching television when she heard a commotion outside and looked out.

“I say well, I know football out there but I heard shouting. So when I looked out I saw the flames and when I looked again I saw the [electrical] wires here burning. I was so scared I ran in my house,” she said.

The resident said she then called the fire service department and shortly after they came.

The property is located to the south of the Ministry of Transport and Works (MTW) depot in that area.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Police are investigating. (MM)

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