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Fire Brigade says identifying cause of fire that damaged court buildings will take months

Published:Tuesday | January 5, 2016 | 11:39 AM
In this file photo, a man looks from a broken window as fire guts a section of the court building at 79 Duke Street in Kingston.

The Jamaica Fire Brigade says it will take months before the cause of the fire that destroyed sections of two court buildings in downtown Kingston is identified. 

Public Relations Officer at the brigade, Emeleo Ebanks, says the size of the fire is a factor in how long it will take.


Public relations officer at the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Emeleo Ebanks

He has declined to state what evidence has been submitted for forensic testing so far. 

Buildings at 79 Duke Street in Kingston that housed the Family Court, Coroner's Court and the Government Printery Office were damaged in the December 30 fire. 

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Two people had to be rescued from one of the buildings. 

The government says the fire will have a serious impact on the court system and has been taking steps to relocate and restore some of the lost files.