Fire Dept spokesman thanks Greenbay community for firefighting efforts and admits that tender ran out of water

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REAL NEWS- Inspector Lester Bagot, Spokesperson for the Fire Department, is thanking members of the Greenbay community who stood valiantly to help extinguish a four-house fire on Monday – and is admitting that the fire tender ran out of water.

As happened with a similar fire, in March, in The Point community, Greenbay residents were saying the firetruck had arrived on the scene without water.

However, Inspector Bagot says those rumours are not true; rather, he says, the truck does not hold the required capacity of water.

Accordingly, Bagot says the St. John’s station received assistance from the All Saints and Coolidge Fire Stations, as well as from a number of private water truckers.

Some reports said that 16 persons were left homeless, since the inferno completely destroyed four wooden houses. But Bagot says the Fire Department’s count, at the end of its firefighting operation, was actually 14 people.

The Inspector also commented on the bones that were discovered in the ruins of the fire, saying they are believed to be human remains. However, confirmation tests will have to be done.

According to Bagot, two fire tenders are expected here from the United Kingdom: one having a capacity of 2,500 gallons and the other 1,000 gallons of water.

He says the addition of these two trucks will go a very long way in assisting the Fire Brigade as it seeks to effectively tackle fires of this magnitude in the future.

These additional fire tenders are expected on island within two weeks.

Meanwhile,Senator Richard Lewis, the United Progressive Party’s Candidate for St. John’s Rural West, said on Monday that he was not impressed with the response of the fire services, and he called on the Administration to get the water issue sorted and to deliver the additional fire tenders promised.

When the blaze broke out in the Greenbay Hill-Baker’s Road neighbourhood, residents turned to the little water they had on hand to douse the fire and other homes to prevent the fire from spreading.

There was no government-supplied water running at the time, Lewis noted.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I AM ASKING APUA TO WAIVE MY WATER BILL FOR THE NEXT 5 MONTHS…IN ASSISTING THE FIRE DEPARTMENT I USED TWO BLUE PLASTIC DRUMS OF WATER AND HALF OF A ONE THOUSAND WATER TANK…THE LABOUR COST I WILL INCUR ON MYSELF.

  2. Thus is so sad😔
    This government is a joke
    Call the election now
    The government has no shame
    Poor antigua
    We need heavenly intervention
    How many more lives and livelihood we need to lose.

  3. As a victim of this fire I’m thanking my community and office Simmons and his rookie form gray’s farm police station for trying the best of efforts to did what we could👊🏽.
    Being the direct neighbor of where the fire started I had no choice but to get the fire out before it began to blaze. Sadly apua was called so the had no choice but to cut the current which led to water shut off instantly.( maybe the water is controlled with some sought of current🤷🏾‍♂️). Thanks again Officer Simmons, zembe and eggy I watched you guys standing with me making chains with water buckets until the black smokes hits us we had to run.
    It’s really sad to loose all what you had during the fire but our life will continue🙌🏾.
    Let me say this. It’s not the time to play politics this is the time for red,blue, green and independent to come together like the community did for the fire. WE NEED THE HELP now more than ever.

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