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.