Fishermen shacks destroyed by fire

Fire destroyed 11 fishermen shacks at Kings Wharf, San Fernando on Monday night, leaving over $200,000 in losses. 

Among the items burnt were two vehicles, boat engines, household items, tools and fish storage coolers.

President of the San Fernando Fishing Cooperative said the fishermen were out at sea when they saw the flames in the coast. 

Dhanraj Goolcharan said he immediately picked up his nets and came back to his place only to see the line of shacks burning.

Firefighters were on spot trying to contain the blaze.

Fire guts century-old building in Princes Town

One of the old­est build­ings in Princes Town has been de­stroyed in a fire.

Po­lice said Car­los Bar on High Street, caught fire around 3 am on Mon­day.

One of the prop­er­ty own­ers Sheri­dan Mo­hammed said he was un­cer­tain what caused the fire.

“At this point, we are think­ing it could have been an elec­tri­cal prob­lem,” Mo­hammed said even though there were no pow­er surges or no­tice­able elec­tri­cal mal­func­tion­ing pri­or to the blaze.

Bush fire affects school

Three days a bush fire forced the evacuation of 900 plus pupils at the Princes Town No1 and No 2 Presbyterian Primary Schools, classes had to be dismissed early again on Monday.

President of the PTA Nola Ramjohn-Karim said the fire damaged the school's water lines and a hydroponic system which was set up inside the school compound. Ironically, it started behind the school, around 11 am on Thursday, shortly after the T&T Fire Services completed a drill at the school, Ramjohn-Karim added.

Fete promoters want security fee issue cleared up

Fete pro­mot­ers can pay up to $150,000 for manda­to­ry pro­tec­tive ser­vices for po­lice and fire of­fi­cers to be present at each of their events.

This cost, the TT Pro­mot­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (TTPA) said, con­tin­ues to rise and they are seek­ing a meet­ing with the rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers to pro­pose so­lu­tions to this is­sue.

Woman perishes in Sealots fire

A woman believed to be in her early 20's has perished in a fire in Sealots.

The woman has not yet been identified.

Neighbours say that she only moved into the house recently and was staying there with another occupant who was not at home at the time.

Residents say they tried in vain to get the woman out of the house but it appeared as though she was locked in.

Firefighters found the body after putting out the blaze.

Investigations are continuing.

Fire leaves four homeless in La Brea

A family of four was left homeless today after a fire destroyed their home in Sobo Village, La Brea.

Up to 5 pm, Point Fortin firefighters were on the scene, ensuring that the blaze was completely extinguished.

Residents said that around 4.30 pm, the fire broke out at the house, forcing the family out.

Neighbours formed a bucket brigade and were able to save the family’s parlour, but it was too late for the house.

By the time fire services arrived 30 minutes later, they saw that most of the concrete and wooden structure was gone.

Grandmother dies in fire

What would have been a quiet boxing day holiday for Tarra Seeram and her loved ones turned into tragedy after an early morning fire claimed the life of the 63-year-old grandmother in central Trinidad.

Fire officers say around 4:30 this morning, a fire broke out at the Korea village, Carapaichaima home where Tarra Seeram lived with one of her children.

 Reports say Seeram's son managed to escape the flames and was under the impression that she was not at home but instead spent Christmas night at the home of a neighbour, something she usually did for the holidays.

Claxton Bay family homeless after fire

Just a week after losing his job at Weldfab Limited, a Claxton Bay man and his family lost their home in a fire on Wednesday.

Surlal Ramgoolie, 52, his wife Omatie and their son Sean Ramgoolie, 19 escaped death when their wooden and concrete home at Teak Avenue, caught fire shortly before midnight.

Their pet parrots and three caged bullfinches died in the blaze. Their dog nicknamed Puppy got severe burns to his face. 

Standing outside the ruins of the house, a distraught Omatie said she did not know how to move on.