Major fire in Soufriere – 6 buildings destroyed, five partially damaged

Major fire in Soufriere – 6 buildings destroyed, five partially damaged

An investigation is underway this morning into a major fire in Soufriere that affected a total of eleven buildings, according to  Emergency Officials.

According to reports, the fire is believed to have started in the Ultra Mart in front of the Soufriere square, and quickly spread to other structures including the Monrose building at the corner of Church street which was affected,along with the upstairs of Allain’s Supermarket.

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Officials told the Times that Alfred’s Hardware was burnt to the ground,along with two houses.

They reported that in total, six buildings were completely destroyed and five were partially affected.

There is no word yet on the likely cause of the fire.

The Soufriere Fire Service has to receive backup from Vieux Fort, Crash Fire Hall at Hewanorra International Airport, Castries, and the Marine Unit of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force with a portable pump.

The Saint Lucia Fire Service says it received a distress call at about 11:58 PM.

No injuries were reported.




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  1. Watcher
    October 24, 2015 at 10:18 pm Reply

    Why is it that the two fire trucks from the Soufriere Fire Station were unable to pump water from the sea which is only a few hundred yards from the inferno? Yes the fire trucks have a limited supply of water and the water pressure in each hydrant was low so why didn’t they start drafting water from the sea near the Soufriere Waterfront which is almost an infinite source of water? It was reported in the news that the Marine Police had to bring down a pump and additional lengths of fire hose so it could be that the Soufriere Fire Station lacked sufficient suction hose to relay water from the sea. Going forward the authorities must ensure that each Fire Station is fully equipped to pump water from the sea or a nearby marina, river or pond. It also points to the need for Fire Stations or Auxiliary Fire Departments in Anse-la-Raye, Canaries, Choiseul and Laborie which, if in existence, could have deployed resources to assist the Soufriere Fire Station in fighting this October 2015 Soufriere Inferno. Alternatively we could invest in one fireboat which could rapidly be deployed to any of our towns and villages since the commercial centres of these communities are close to the coastline. We keep hearing the usual platitudes after each major fire but what is being done between fires to ensure that we are better prepared to handle the next inferno?

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