Senior citizen injured in fire

A senior citizen is reported to have been injured in a fire at Canaries today, Saturday, March 11, 2017 that affected three buildings.

According to information, the Soufriere Fire station received a call at approximately 10:25 a.m, about a structural fire.

It is reported that upon arrival on the scene, fire personnel discovered one wooden structure engulfed in flames and requested help from Fire Service headquarters.

The sole occupant of the wooden building, identified as a woman who is believed to be in her eighties, sustained burns to her arms and legs and was transported via ambulance in a stable condition to the Victoria Hospital for medical treatment, emergency officials disclosed.

The wooden structure was completely destroyed.

According to emergency officials, two other structures of wood and wall housing eight persons in total  were partially destroyed.

One of the two structures housed a bakery and grocery shop.

The Fire Service would like to commend the residents of Canaries for their quick action, which minimized the spread of the fire and averted a major catastrophe in their community.



  1. Anonymous
    March 11, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    Wow another bakery

  2. Anon
    March 11, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Saw a posting on fb. It was really nice to see the community members helping to clear one if the houses of essentials. Bravo!

  3. Dale Jacobs
    March 11, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Good thing no lives were lost

  4. Anonymous
    March 11, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Por jab hope u get better hope ppl from your town can help u all who’s houses were destroyed by the angry roaring flames

  5. The Commentator
    March 12, 2017 at 8:23 am

    There is urgent need for auxiliary fire units in Canaries and Anse-la-Raye. The police stations in these villages should be equipped with portable high-pressure water pumps and fire hoses so in the event of fire the auxiliary units (comprising of young volunteer firemen from the villages) can spring into action. Water can be pumped from hydrants, rivers and the sea to fight the fires.

    1. Anonymous
      March 12, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      Growing up as a child they did have fire hoses and there were persons who were trained to use them right there in the community. I wish someone could tell us where they disappeared to.

  6. Harold Gill
    March 12, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    The villages of Canaries and Anse La Raye were in time passed equipped with fire equipment complimented with well trained volunteer fire fighters and have done what can be considered at the time miraculous and heroic in extinguishing structural fires in their communities before the arrival of the fire units from Castries and or Soufriere and it seems that to date even with the unavailability of equipment and an active volunteer Corp their spirit of community togetherness is still vibrant. Every effort must be made by government to equip these communities with the appropriate facility to protect them, even if it means placing the facility at a strategic location to cover both villages to reduce response time: While I commend the MP for Babonneau for building a fire station in this community, the potential for lost of lives and property in the villages of Canaries and Anse Ls Rate in cases of fire is more obvious at these locations. Also remember that providing the structure and the relevant equipment is just one aspect of the requirements, man power to Mann the station should not be overlooked.

  7. Anonymous
    March 12, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    As a rule, every town and village on the island ought to be equipped with a fire service. This should be a basic policy of any Government. Furthermore, it is time that Anse La Raye and Canaries be divorced politically and given individual status within our parliamentary system. This is more urgent than the need to divide Gros Islet No section of Gros Islet is disadvantaged because of the vastness of that constituency. In fact, for all intent and purposes, Gros Islet is often spoken about as if it were part of Castries. Ask some people where they live, and they will tell you that they live in Castries. Check out where they actually live, and you will discover that they reside at Marisule, quarter of Gros Islet.
    But Anse La Raye and Canaries need individual attention.

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