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Fire fighters to assess rural St Andrew bushfire

Published:Thursday | July 2, 2015 | 8:06 AM

Fire fighters are this morning expected to conduct another assessment of the threat posed by a large bushfire that was burning in the Westphalia area of rural St Andrew up to late last night.

The Jamaica Fire Brigade’s Divisional Commander for Kingston and St Andrew Superintendent Sean Martin told The Gleaner-Power106 News Centre last evening that the fire has already damaged several acres of crops, forest lands and two shops.

Martin says fire fighters were able to put out portions of the fire that were threatening several dwellings.

However, he says because of the hilly terrain other sections of the fire were inaccessible to fire fighters.

As a result, Superintendent Martin said the Jamaica Fire Brigade would remain in the area overnight to monitor the blaze.


Jamaica Fire Brigade divisional commander for Kingston and St Andrew Superintendent Sean Martin

He says fire fighters do not know what caused the blaze.