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UPDATED: Seven fire units fight Old Harbour Market blaze, dry goods section destroyed

Published:Friday | July 15, 2016 | 8:59 AM

Scores of vendors at the Old Harbour Market in St Catherine are counting their losses following a massive fire which last night gutted the section of the facility form which houses dry goods are sold.

Vendors say they saw the blaze about 2 o'clock this morning and called the Old Harbour Fire Station.

However, there was no fire truck at the Old Harbour Fire station.

Head of The Old Habour Police Deputy Superintendent Neville Knight says the fire was eventually put out by seven fire units from the Spanish Town, Portmore and May Pen fire departments.

Superintendent Knight says the police do not believe the fire was deliberately set, but added that they are awaiting on a forensic report to determine the exact cause.

In the meantime, Chairman of the St Catherine Parish Council Norman Scott says the fire also damaged an adjoining plaza.

Scott says the St Catherine Parish Council is treating the fire as an emergency and has already identified the nearby East Street bus park to temporarily relocate the affected vendors.


Scott says Old Harbour market managers are currently trying to determine the number of vendors affected by the fire.

In 2013 a similar fire of unknown origin had gutted a section of the Old Harbour market causing displacement of vendors and losses totalling millions of dollars.