Indiscriminate parking was among the factors which the Saint Lucia Fire Service said got in the way of its response today to a fire at Marchand.
Assistant Divisional Officer, Fastus Serieux, told the Times that the way vehicles were parked along the road made it difficult for the fire service vehicles to pass.
He appealed to motorists to be more considerate, especially when parking on narrow roads.
This morning’s fire completely destroyed a wooden dwelling house that is occupied by Daren Desir.
Desir was not at home at the time of the blaze.
His sister, Charmaine, told the Times that she was at her own home when she heard the sound of sirens.
According to her, someone later telephoned to say that her brother’s house was on fire.
She recalled rushing to the scene, only to find that the building had been burned to the ground.
Charmaine explained that it was only on Sunday that she saw her brother cleaning up his home.
In addition to being hampered by the way cars were parked on the road, the Saint Lucia Fore Service said that energized wires and the location of the property that was on fire also posed a challenge in fighting the fire.
Assistant Divisional Officer, Fastus Serieux, told the Times that civilians as young as five years old converged on the scene.
“No one saw it fit to give the fire service space to conduct its operations,” Serieux complained.
However he praised the police.
The fire service official said that upon arrival, officers from the Major Crimes unit assisted with crowd control.
An investigation is underway into the cause of this morning’s fire.