On the morning of Friday, October 23, Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony led a team of Cabinet ministers to survey the damage and to meet with business and home owners, residents and emergency officials.
Member of Parliament for Soufriere-Fond St. Jacques, Hon. Harold Dalsan was out of state at the time, but he said he would cut his trip short with immediate effect to return home. The Prime Minister was joined by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Hon. Philip J. Pierre; Minister for Home Affairs, Hon. Philip La Corbinierre; and Minister for Commerce, Hon. Emma Hippolyte, who is herself a Soufriere native.
The Prime Minister praised the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force, the Saint Lucia Fire Service, and the citizens of Soufriere for their quick response to the fire. But for their intervention, an already tragic situation could have escalated.