The local government minister, Noel Arscott, is commending fire personnel, after receiving an initial review of their response to a fire, which left about 60 people homeless in west Kingston.
He said the initial review of Wednesday’s fire has shown that the firefighters began tackling the flames 9 minutes after receiving the call.
Arscott said the log indicated that the Brigade received its first call at 11.30 a.m. and were on the scene at 11.39.
He said in light of this initial review, he is commending the crew on their response to the negative comments directed at them indicating that they were tardy and ill-prepared in responding to the fire.
He said fire personnel have been operating under very difficult circumstances, yet, continue to give selflessly to protect the lives and properties of Jamaicans.
On Wednesday, residents vented their anger at firefighters claiming that fire trucks, which turned up to tackle the blaze arrived without water.
West Kingston Member of Parliament, Desmond McKenzie complained that the firefighters were late on the scene.
The fire wiped out an entire block comprising residential dwellings and a few business establishments on Regent Street, Beeston Street and Chestnut Lane.
It is reported that this was the seventh such fire in West Kingston in recent weeks.