VIDEOS: Fire Service Cites Setbacks In Fighting Vieux Fort Fire

The Saint Lucia Fire Service (SLFS) has reported encountering setbacks in fighting a fire Thursday on Upper Clarke Street, Vieux Fort.

The fire occurred in a building housing several businesses.

Videos of the incident were posted on social media.

Deputy Fire Chief George Victorin told reporters that the fire department received a call after 1.00 pm and upon responding found that the upper floor of the two-storeyed building was engulfed in flames.

“We had major challenges in accessing the fire because the building at the time was energised and it took some time before LUCELEC contractors got on the scene to de-energise the building,” Victorin told HTS Evening News.

“Parts of the upper floor were locked with burglar bars so it was very difficult to access the seat of the fire,” Victorin told the television channel.

He explained that as a result it delayed firefighters in extinguishing the fire.

The fire department reported that the fire was eventually controlled after some 1.5 hours and extinguished in a total of about three hours.

The structure was extensively damaged, the department disclosed.

 

 

3 COMMENTS

  1. So there is a fire, and the fire woman walks with the hose on her shoulder as if she is going to pick mangoes in her yard. Smh.

  2. So I have always wondered why it is that every single fire that St Lucia Fire Service Attends to… they attend un-bunkered (Bunker Gears/Turnout Gear; Heat Resistant Apparel used by fire fighter to protect them from heat/flames to extinguish a fire / when performing a rescuing someone from a fire). I understand for the Ambulance Respondents but not those attending to the fire…..the T-shirt miss hose carrier is wearing looks like plain clothes which isn’t flame resistant…half bunkered….not prepared for if she has to help her fellow fire fighters. No SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus) is worn which protects firefighters from smoke inhalation…which by the way is the leading reason for death in this field of work….(Smoke leads to cancer which is a long term effect) Its just sad to look at…when will our people be taught to protect themselves. But not all is to be blamed by them I wonder if they have the gears to do their Job Properly….oh well even that is made political

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