The Saint Lucia Fire Service is advocating an early alarm system for businesses after Thursday’s Castries fire.
The fire gutted the Adjodha building in the William Peter Boulevard which housed the Voyager Variety Store.
According to Assistant Divisional Officer David Antoine, the issue of an early alarm system is a discussion that the fire service has been having and continues to have.
“If there was such a system in place that fire would have been detected early enough and we could have made an early enough response to contain that fire,” Antoine explained.
“I think that is a message that we should drive home – is to look at building codes and early warning systems when it comes to alarms so that we can assist property owners in safeguarding their structures,” the senior fire service official noted.
He disclosed that ccessibility was one of three challenges facing the Saint Lucia Fire Service (SLFS) as firefighters battled Thursday’s fire.
According to Antoine, on arrival at the fire scene the business place was secured under lock and key.
“There was no way we could get access to the area of the origin of the fire,” Antoine explained.
He said that the second challenge related to the fact that the building was old and had a wooden floor.
According to Antoine, as the fire burned it consumed the floor which collapsed.
“As a result we had to intermittently withdraw our men to prevent any injuries or fatalities during the operation,” he noted.
He revealed that the third challenge had to do with the fact that a restaurant operated from the building,
“There was a lot of combustible material there,” Antoine told reporters.
He said it included propane gas and textiles.
Firefighters fought the blaze for some three hours before eventually bringing it under control and were at the scene up to Friday for mop up operations.