Tragedy struck early in the New Year when a devastating fire at Rose Hill, Castries, left seven households without shelter.
There were no reports of injuries.
The Saint Lucia Fire Service (SLFS) reported that the fire occurred shortly after midnight Monday and quickly devoured the closely built wooden buildings.
According to reports from the community, the fire spread so rapidly that most victims were able to flee with only the clothes they were wearing.
One man who was asleep at the time of the blaze had to be quickly awakened so that he could flee to safety.
Firefighters from headquarters in Castries responded with two appliances and one ambulance, while the Gros Islet and Babonneau fire stations provided backup, the Fire Service disclosed.
By the time the firefighters arrived, the homes were already engulfed in flames, a Fire Service official told St Lucia Times.
The official explained that the emergency responders encountered ‘great difficulty’ in accessing the scene of the fire due to poor parking on the narrow access road to the community.
The cause of the fire is currently being investigated.