Fire at Sagicor Bank causes temporary closure

May 16, 2017
A security guard walks by the section of Sagicor Bank on Dominica Drive in New Kingston where there was a fire yesterday.
One of the trucks used by the Jamaica Fire Brigade.
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A fire that broke out in a generator cabin to the rear of the Sagicor head office on Dominica Drive in New Kingston yesterday morning resulted in the bank closing its door to customers earlier than usual.

When our news team arrived at the location, the doors to the bank were wide open; however, that was only to allow fumes to exit the building.

A security personnel was also on hand turning back customers who were not aware of the incident.

THE STAR understands that the incident prompted an emergency evacuation shortly after 9 a.m. as the safety of workers and customers was paramount.

A senior member of staff told our news team that the branch would remain closed for the remainder of the day.

While our news team was on location, a number of standing fans were being delivered to the branch, seemingly to help staff to cool off as the air-conditioning unit was out.

THE STAR was, however, told that by all indications the branch will reopen to the public today.

Another staff member told THE STAR that no one was hurt and that some members were in the process of being sent to a nearby branch to work through the remaining hours.

Our news team gathered that the fire department was summoned after smoke was seen coming from the back of the building.

A fire team from Half-Way Tree put out the blaze and conducted cooling-down operations.

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