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Christmas horror for Kingston families as fire destroys home

Published:Friday | December 8, 2017 | 12:00 AM
A firefighter tries to control the flames from spreading to an adjacent building on East Street in Kingston, yesterday.
Residents try to save their belongins from the fierce fire yesterday.
A sense of urgency being displayed as residents tried to save what they could yesterday.

Twenty-six people, including children from six different families, are in need of shelter after a fire of unknown origin ripped through the house they shared yesterday.

Fanned by the high wind, the blaze spread quickly to engulf the dwelling as residents scrambled to secure belongings along East Street between North and Charles streets in downtown Kingston.

It was too little too late for them as the fire burned everything in sight and threatened a neighbouring house. But residents there were quick to pull their belongings to the safety of the street.

"This is like a furnace. Boss man, is out of nowhere me see the fire and me hail de yute dem fi start take out the furniture dem," one man told The Gleaner.

A representative of the Child and Family Protection Service Agency said that she was on hand to offer counselling to two children who witnessed the blaze.


Cars burn in garage


Two cars were completely destroyed inside a neighbouring garage on Mark Lane.

A unit from the York Park Fire Station first responded to the blaze, with assistance from units from the Rollington Town and Stony Hill Fire Stations, while a tanker from Spanish Town chipped in to help bring the fire under control.

The cause of the blaze and the cost associated with the losses have not been determined.