Press Release:– Today marks the seventy-second (72) anniversary of the most devastating fire which occurred on our island, St. Lucia.
On June 19, 1948, a fire swept through the city walls of Castries destroying seventy-five percent (75%) the business center of the country, leaving approximately two thousand (2000) people homeless.
To this day, no one knows for sure how the fire started, or what may have caused this conflagration in the country’s capital.
Consequently, this fire along with many others have spurred fire safety regulations throughout the country.
With the vision of preventing a fire of such magnitude from reoccurring, the St. Lucia Fire Service established the Fire Prevention and Investigation Department.
This department has the mandate to ensure that every building of public interest throughout St. Lucia meets the Safety Standards to operate.
It is for this reason; the Public is reminded of the regulation stipulated in the St. Lucia Labour code 2006, Section 233 subsection (1).
“An employer or a person in control of an industrial establishment shall ensure that his or her industrial establishment is certified every twenty-four months by the Chief Fire Officer”.
Having said this, the St.Lucia Fire Prevention Department remains committed to serving you.
(Statement by Acting Station Officer/Fire Investigator II Owen Cazaubon on the anniversary of the 1948 Castries fire)