Arson suspected as fire strikes at Kingston building
Swift action by residents of Barrack Street, Kingston, yesterday saved what could have been millions of dollars in losses by another conflagration.
Reports are that some time around 6:00 hours yesterday, fire was seen coming from a building located at 109 Barrack Street, Kingston.
This newspaper was told that the building housed several offices including one operated by Dr. Richard Van-West Charles. The building also houses the offices’ of the Guyana Volunteer Consultancy and classrooms for the Gamaliel Academy.
Programme Manager for the Guyana Volunteer Consultancy, Bevon Currie, told this newspaper that he received a telephone call from a senior journalist around 6:00 hours yesterday informing him that the building was on fire.
“When I got down here neighbours had already extinguished the fire and the fire service were also on the ground.” He said that from his observation the fire was started from under the building.
“We had some bag filled with books under the building and it looks like the persons or person lit the books in an attempt to burn the building.”
Currie said that the building is not under dispute and that he is at a loss as to why persons may want to set fire to the building. He noted that the damage would run into millions since from initial check the air conditioning units of the building have been damaged.
This newspaper was also told that students attending the school, which was housed in the building, had to use an alternative location yesterday as police guarded the building to facilitate investigations.
However Dr. Van-West Charles who was also on site when this newspaper visited, said he will not speculate but will allow the relevant authorities to conduct their investigation. He however noted that initial reports suggest that the fire was a work of arsonist.