West Kgn’s 7th fire in one month 30 families left homeless after morning blaze
tenement dwelling and other houses at the intersection of Beeston and
Regent streets in downtown Kingston yesterday.
destroying several apartments in a building which housed about 25 of the
burning building as the flames spread quickly. “The people could not
come out as the fire burn down the bottom part of the building and they
had to jump from upstairs to safety,” said the resident.
community of Tivoli Gardens when he heard that his home was on fire. He
said that he dropped what he was doing and rushed home only to see the
fire, touching his apartment, which was located on the top floor of the
start spread. When me look, the fire start spread on rapid and me
couldn’t come out because the fire start spread under me. I had to jump
from upstairs to save my life,” Patterson said.
destroyed. “Is only this me have left on my foot,’ he said as he pointed
to a pair of plastic slippers he was wearing.
assistance of neighbours he removed several items from his house but
complained that his laptop computer and digital video disc (DVD)
recorder were stolen. “The same people who say them a help me is the
same people who steal my things,” a dejected Aldred told the Jamaica
Parliament for West Kingston, Desmond McKenzie, promised the affected
resources the Fire Department staff was forced to work with.
Yesterday’s fire, said the MP, was the seventh in less than a month in
Department it will show you that West Kingston is a problematic area
when it comes on to fire… If the response of the Fire Department was
more speedy, half of what happened here could have been avoided,”
fire, others said an electrical short circuit was the cause.
Maxwell Hinds said it was too early to say what was the cause of the