No monetary compensation for Brown’s Town Market fire victims
Mayor of St Ann’s Bay, Desmond Gilmore, says the parish council will not be able to offer any monetary compensation to vendors affected by Monday’s fire at the Brown’s Town Market.
However, he says the council is moving to assist them in some way.
Mayor Gilmore says one of the options being looked at is waiving the market fees for a period for the 25 vendors affected by the blaze.
He also says the parish council is also looking to accommodate the displaced vendors in another section of the market.
The St Ann’s Bay mayor says there have been calls from some vendors for compensation for losses suffered, but he says this is not an option.
Mayor Gilmore says the market is insured and the parish council is waiting for the insurance company to begin its assessment of the damage.
He says the payout will be used to repair the market.
Gilmore says at the same time personnel from the parish council and the fire department are to conduct an assessment of the structural soundness of the area of the market that was affected by the fire.
He says this is to ensure that the area is safe for vendors.