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PHOTOS: Firefighters rescue two people from burning court building

Published:Wednesday | December 30, 2015 | 12:49 PM
A man looks from a broken window as fire guts the building
A firefighter helps a man to leave the burning building by way of a ladder
A firefighter helps a man to leave the burning building by way of a ladder
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Fire fighters have rescued two people and brought under control, a massive fire at 79 Duke Street in Kingston that has damaged buildings housing the Family Court, Coroner's Court and the Government Printery Office. 

Public Relations Officer at the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Emeleo Ebanks, says about 40 firefighters have been battling the blaze since sometime before 5pm Wednesday.

He says two people had to be rescued from the Family Court building after being trapped on one of the floors. 

"We have the situation under control right now and we're trying to carry out some cooling down operations as soon as possible", Ebanks said. 

He added:"There is a fair amount of damage especially to the Family Court building. One floor is completely out. A section of the printery has also been damaged."

Ebanks told The Gleaner that the brigade received a call about the fire at 4:43 p.m. and units reached the blaze 10 minutes later. 

Ebanks said a cause of the blaze is not immediately known.