Rubis Service Station resumes operations after fire last night


Panic broke out at the Rubis Service Station, Harmony Hall, St Michael after a vehicle caught fire around 9:20 last night.
Quick action by fire officers, however, brought the blaze under control and no one was injured in the incident.

Police public relations officer Acting Inspector Roland Cobbler told Barbados TODAY the alarm was first sounded after smoke was seen coming the vehicle, a 2008 Toyota van, driven by Harry Clarke of Fustic Village, St Lucy.

It subsequently burst into flames and was destroyed.

No one was injured in the incident.

Police are continuing investigations.


21 Responses to Rubis Service Station resumes operations after fire last night

  1. Saga Boy June 5, 2017 at 10:21 am

    The workers could have extinguished the fire. Seems they panicked. Training is clearly required and the correct equipment should be on location.

  2. gsmiley June 5, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Saga boy are the workers supposed to extinguish a burning van with a bucket of sand?

  3. Gas station employee June 5, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Gsmiley all gas stations have extinguishers doa

  4. Saga Boy June 5, 2017 at 11:41 am

    If you looked at the video who would have seen a fire extinguisher on the forecourt. There is usually one for every set of pumps.

  5. SHARON June 5, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    my daughter works at a gas station she says their r suppose to throw sand first then use the fire extinguisher while calling fire station but if it was her she would run hard as hell that 250.00 a week is not enough to get burn over ” no money is”

    • Jennifer June 5, 2017 at 12:35 pm

      @Sharon – Is this the fire training protocol for a gas station fuel fire or a vehicle fire????? But I totally agree, don’t play heroine.

  6. John guy June 5, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    I concur with saga boy. Training in emergency response specifically fire safety should have been priority number 1 today.

  7. John guy June 5, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Either attempt to extinguish or evacuate. Persons were still loitering in the area and did not make any attempt to contol the fire.

  8. Big Man June 5, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    $250 a week is enuff cause to run hard like hell from any disaster
    Don’t play hero your life more important
    Material things can be replaced your life can’t be

  9. Leroy Parris June 5, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Well said Jennifer, why play brave. The property surely has insurance cover. The best people to deal with that is the BFS..

  10. Saga Boy June 5, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    One has to use their judgement as to whether or not the fire poses a danger to them but the video showed a small flame that in my estimation could have been extinguished. I agree your life has to come first but quick action may have he positive results.

    • VoR June 5, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      That doesn’t look like a small flame to me. At least not small enough that I would risk going to it with an extinguisher.

      • Jennifer June 5, 2017 at 7:41 pm

        OK then, mind you if even a hair on your arm gets burn you will hear from the company owner not to give you one cent in compensation. These old kernels for managers et al will find every excuse in the book to throw at you >>> from your ignorance in challenging that fire, to going beyond your reach of training to the vehicle not being owned by Rubis and the list will go on.

  11. Saga Boy June 5, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    Jennifer it does not work like that. It is not in the power of the employer to determine compensation. If there is an serious injury at work it has to be reported to the Labour dept and NIS. The employee can make a claim and if dismissed they will be compensated. There are two videos. One showing a small blaze under the vehicle. I was not there but it looked small.

    • Milli Watt June 6, 2017 at 11:10 am

      @ saga boy while there is not a direct determination the employer can influence the amount by way of evidence. This could reduce substantially any settlement. Jennifer has a point.

  12. Milli Watt June 6, 2017 at 5:16 am

    this was a small fire only a car burning next to a gas pump what could possibly have gone wrong

  13. hcalndre June 6, 2017 at 5:29 am

    @Saga Boy, all injuries must be reported to your supervisor don`t care how slight you think they are and should be documented, is that not so in Barbados?

  14. Peter June 6, 2017 at 8:19 am

    Saga Boy, Please understand Jennifer is not well educated nor is she qualified to think like one. She only sees black and whit. She’s racist. and because of her failure, all bosses are demons. You are perfectly correct in calling for training. and to that may I add will involve the mental preparedness too because fear is like a knife of ice…

  15. gsmiley June 6, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Gas Station employee I would know that.

  16. F.A.Rudder June 6, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    HASMAT!! What could have gone wrong? A small gas leakage from the pump station connections could have caused a secondary incineration at its source!

  17. Belfast June 6, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    Looks like calling the Fire Service was an after thought. In addition to fire extinguishers , petrol stations. should also be equipped with fire blankets, since the extinguisher would be virtually useless in containing the fire on a motor car if the bonnet is closed.
    Gas Station Attendants, Security Guards and ZR conductors, are only there to earn a measly few dollars. How many Gas stations are willing to train a member of each shift and pay him/ her extra as a resource person?


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