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Lack of water hampering efforts to put out massive blaze in Portland

Published:Wednesday | October 4, 2017 | 10:43 AM

Fire fighters in Portland are trying to out a blaze which started at approximately 2 this morning and has already destroyed the main section of an hardware in Bryans Bay.

The fire has also swept through a large section of Builders Depot, destroying paint, computers, paint brushes, tools, bathroom fixtures and accessory, utensils, kitchen ware, lumber, and other hardware items.

The fire fighters, who were on the scene early, have been severely hampered by an unscheduled water lock-off forcing them to try pumping water from the nearby sea. This attempt failed as sand was being sucked up by the power hoses.

Hampered by the lack of piped water and with the fire spreading rapidly a second fire unit was called in from Buff Bay, approximately 18 miles away.

Together the teams from Port Antonio and Buff Bay unit fought the blaze until they both ran out of water.

With the fire fighters hurrying back and forth in search of water, the fire gathered strength threatening to engulf the building.

The origin of the fire is not yet known, and it is estimated that the loss could run into hundreds of millions of dollars.