A fire that took place in Hattieville yesterday afternoon just after two o’clock completely destroyed a food stall in the village and the home which belonged to a 68-year-old man. Station Supervisor of the National Fire Service, Kenneth Mortis says the fire started from an unattended stove.
Kenneth Mortis, Station Supervisor, National Fire Service: “Yesterday was a busy one for us indeed. Minutes after the team in Placencia was fighting that blaze we here in the city received one of a structure fire in progress in the Hattieville Village some sixteen miles out of town. As usual we responded and when we responded we observed two collapsed structures that had already burned out. We got into operation in trying to extinguish these hot spots and then we after that we launched our investigation. Our investigation led us to confirm that of the two structures one was used as a fast food establishment and the other was used as a place of residence. Unfortunately the fast food establishment proprietor had left the building with an unattended stove which contributed to the cause of the fire thereby leaving the sixty eight year old of the structure homeless.”
Mortis advises homeowners to take precautionary measures when cooking and to safeguard their gas tanks at all times.