Baywalk Shopping Mall Manager, Zai Karim-Mohammed, has praise the Gros Islet Police for their investigation into the recent Rodney Bay fire.
The fire destroyed four popular business places opposite the mall.
This week 40 year old Peter Merius, a maintenance worker, was arrested and charged for the offence of arson and appeared in court for the first time yesterday, February 4, 2016.
“We are pleased to note that someone has been held in connection with the fire,” Karim-Mohammed told the Times.
As you know there are security cameras on this building and the footage of the events that happened during the time of the fire was clearly recorded.”
According to the Baywalk Mall Manager, the police took a “clipping” of the CCTV footage as part of their investigation.
Karim-Mohammed described the fire as a major catastrophe, as the affected area was very popular with locals and visitors.
She observed that as a result of the blaze, some sixty people are now unemployed at a time when there are challenges facing the local economy and concerns about the high rate of unemployment.
“Yes the public will say they are covered by insurance but insurance doesn’t cover the type of losses suffered by tenants and owners as a result of the fire,” Karim-Mohammed asserted.
She explained that it would be a long time before the businesses are up and running again.
Karim-Mohammed also praised the response of the Saint Lucia Fire Service to the Rodney Bay fire.