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Fire breaks out at Jose y Jose complex in the Belle

josejosecherryA major fire, suspected to be the work of vandals, broke out just after midnight at the Belle, St Michael office complex of Jose y Jose.

However, quick action by a team of seven fire officers from Probyn Street, under the command of Station Officer Denton Foster, averted total disaster for embattled businessman Anderson Cherry, who has already been faced with a very challenging week on account of an angry standoff with Government.

Damage to the two-storey building was contained to the lower level of the commercial property by the firemen, who responded with two water tenders to a 12:27 a.m call and were able to bring the blaze under control within 20 minutes.

Cherry, who was present at the scene, said he was awoken from his sleep by a neighbour, who had telephoned to inform him that his business was on fire.

“This amazing. The whole place just burn up,” he told Barbados TODAY as firemen ventilated the section of the building that earlier went up in smoke.

Asked if he had any idea how the fire started, Cherry said it seemed to be the work of vandals.

However, the interim chairman of the Waste Haulers Association doubted that there was any connection to this week’s protest action by members of the group. They have been off the job since Monday demanding that the Government removes the controversial $25 tipping fee, which they say puts their survival at stake. The action by the private operators, who are responsible for about 65 per cent of the island’s garbage collection, has already resulted in several unsightly pile-ups across the country, even as Minister of Labour Dr Denis Lowe refuses to budge to the movers’ demands.

This morning, Cherry was not in a position to give any estimate of loss since he was not allowed by police to enter the building.

The businessman however pointed out that though the Belle property had been affected by grassfires in the past, this was the first major structural fire to occur on the compound.

Lawmen are investigating.

7 Responses to Fire breaks out at Jose y Jose complex in the Belle

  1. Veronica A. Piggott
    Veronica A. Piggott May 15, 2015 at 3:43 am

    What a coincidence, was just reading the comments on another post just to see this, an investigation should be carried out and the perpetrator/s brought to justice.

  2. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce May 15, 2015 at 4:17 am

    Serious crime, a life or lives could to been lost. Morons would do anything to shut one up, not thinking how it would affect others, the damage or seriousness of their sick in the head actions. I hope the Fire Starter is caught and dealt with severely.

    • not picker May 15, 2015 at 6:49 am

      The same morons who would form a convoy and cause discomfort and chaos in the streets, isn’t it strange that this company decided to do the right thing and handle medical waste from the QEH, and a fire breaks out on the premises? I smell a rat… maybe one with gasoline and a torch. …..?.question is, organized labour, or organized crime?

  3. Michelle Graham
    Michelle Graham May 15, 2015 at 4:59 am

    Wow. Serious thing this

  4. Floyd Boyce May 15, 2015 at 6:27 am

    This is what politics is coming too,

  5. Alex Alleyne May 15, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    One ofter resd things like this come out of Jamaica , Trinidad and Guyana , but now “sweet” Barbados . For the love of POLITICS . I thought the PM said to forget about it and stop the “yard-fowl” thing .

  6. villager. May 15, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    What a coincidence this man has started a ruckus stated that he apologized to Barbadians for coming to an agreement with the minister and then changed his mind, but we know better, his master or mistress chastised him, the latest is that the other players now want to talk to government, leaving him practically alone, so up comes a fire, suspected arson, gimme a break, i am not buying that at all Mr.Cherry,seems like an act of desperation to garner sympathy, but bear this in mind reckless actions that are calculated and intended to create disharmony can get out of hand i trust that our goodly police force conduct thorough investigations and bring these so called vandals to justice, by the way are there any security cameras or guards on such a well appointed premises?HMMM,something is not adding up.


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