Linden unrest…Fire at LineMine building was deliberate – senior official
As investigations continues into the situation at Linden, a senior official has revealed that preliminary finding into the fire suggest that it was more than likely deliberately set to the LinMine Secretariat building.
On July 18th, the building which housed several other offices was burnt to ashes during a protest action at the Wismar/McKenzie Bridge.
Lindeners were protesting a tariff hike in electricity rates for that bauxite mining town which became effective as of July 1st.
Three persons were reportedly shot dead and almost two persons injured on that evening of July 18th. A number of buildings including the LinMine Secretariat were burnt that night.
A source close to the investigation said that so far everything points to arson. This publication was told that while the investigation has not been completed, officials have since received statements as it relates to the fire at the building and how it started.
Reports are that the fire was seen coming from inside of the building at two different location which were in no way closely linked.
However, given the current situation which obtains in the mining town, investigators say their hands are tied as it relate to going back to the area to carry out further investigation.
Plans are in place for ranks of the Guyana Fire Service to revisit the area with the aim of completing investigations.
In the meantime, reports out of Linden suggesting that the fire was started after police fired bullets which struck high voltage wires, have been debunked by a senior official. The official told this publication that the possibility of that happening in slim to none.
“Even if a live round had struck a live wire connecting to the building then the only thing which would have happen was there would have been a power surge to the building… not enough to start a fire.”
Further, so far nothing has indicated that the fire was electrical in origin.
In the meantime investigations are ongoing.