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Downtown Kingston 'Ray Ray' market damaged by fire

Published:Tuesday | November 7, 2017 | 12:49 PM

A section of the popular 'Ray Ray' market in downtown Kingston was damaged by fire this morning.

The majority of the mostly wooden stalls that line the selling area and a storage area on Heywood Street have been destroyed by the flames.

Several vendors who arrived on the scene complained of losing goods in the fire which they say happens every year.

The cause of the fire is yet to be determined but some vendors theorise that it was deliberately set.

One distraught vendor, who identified herself as Paulette, appealed to the prime minister and mayor of Kingston for help.


Paulette, one of the many vendors affected by this morning's fire

Kingston Mayor Delroy Williams, who visited the scene, says the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation will await the official report on the fire from the Jamaica Fire Brigade before commenting.

Williams cautioned that the corporation is not in a position to provide monetary assistance to the affected vendors.

However, he says the corporation will consider waiving market fees for a certain number of months as a form of relief for the affected vendors.


Kingston Mayor Delroy Williams

He says efforts will now be made to complete repairs on the Redemption Market by the end of this month to create space to accommodate the displaced vendors in time for the Christmas holidays.

The Redemption market was similarly gutted by fire in June.