Fire at Drag Mall was 4th in three years

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Friday, November 23, 2018 - 11:30

Fire fight­ers are still at the scene of a fire at the Peo­ple’s Mall on Hen­ry Street in Port-of-Spain.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the fire start­ed at the site around 7.45 am.

Fire fight­ers were quick­ly on the scene and were able to con­tain the blaze to a few of the booths on the site.

Booth own­ers who were around the trou­ble spot were seen des­per­ate­ly try­ing to sal­vage what­ev­er they could as fire fight­ers worked to pre­vent the fire from spread­ing.

Four booths were com­plete­ly de­stroyed while three oth­ers were dam­aged by the time the fire was brought com­plete­ly un­der con­trol.

As­sis­tant Di­vi­sion­al Fire Of­fi­cer Williamson told Guardian Me­dia they re­ceived a trou­ble call around just be­fore 8 am and ap­pli­ances from Port-of-Spain, Bel­mont and Wood­brook re­spond­ed.

He said they were able to bring the fire un­der con­trol rel­a­tive­ly quick­ly.

There was al­so a fire at the site in June.

Over­all, this was the fourth fire at the mall, it hav­ing been hit by sim­i­lar dis­as­ters in 2017 and 2015.

In 2015, some 140 booths were de­stroyed af­ter a car bat­tery ex­plod­ed and led to a mil­lion-dol­lar fire.

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