Garage crew ponders next move after blaze
Tradesmen at a garage located on Caledonia Road in St. Andrew were yesterday pondering how to pick up the pieces after a fire of unknown origin gutted their work area on Saturday at about midday.
A total of 11 vehicles at adjoining garages were completely burnt out and others damaged.
When THE STAR visited one of the locations yesterday, work was being carried out on a motor vehicle, and the mechanic on the ground said this was necessary as bills must be paid.
Roysley Campbell, a mechanic, told THE STAR that his garage had suffered more than $1 million in damage.
"The van man in a desperate position. A di one money him have. Is a humble man but him in a desperate position ", Campbell said referring to a Hiace bus owner whose vehicle was totally burnt out.
He told THE STAR that he was cleaning an engine when he saw fire coming from a neighbouring garage.
"As me walk and go down there so, mi see a Kingfish under the place there so full a fire. Then we see sey the whole place a go burn down and we start push out some cars. The fire come up so fast it look like some chemical thing over there come over. The heat start to blow and we had to get out," Campbell told THE STAR.
A car belonging to one of the tradesmen was also destroyed.
The owner, Orville Bent, an electrician, told our news team about Saturday's fire.
"We were here yesterday and the fire started from the garage over there and came over. We don't know what really cause it over there. Everything bun out. Six cars over our side and five over that garage."
THE STAR was told that some of the owners of the destroyed cars came to visit, while some are yet to be contacted.