Heroes Day fire leaves 17 homeless
The St James fire department is investigating the circumstances that lead to a large fire, which gutted three board houses in Mount Salem, leaving 17 people, including eight children, homeless.
Information reaching THE STAR is that the three houses on Crawford Street went up in smoke yesterday morning about 4:30.
Acting assistant superintendent Fitzroy Thomas of the St James fire department told our news team that they were alerted to the fire about 4:42 a.m.
According to Thomas, the first unit arrived within six minutes.
THE STAR gathered that the victims of the fire were at home sleeping when they were alerted by the heat and raised an alarm.
There were no reports of injuries sustained by any of the occupants.
Four units from the Freeport Fire Station and one from Ironshore attended to the blaze.
According to fire officials, two of the homes were completely destroyed and one partially.
THE STAR understands that total loss has not been ascertained and that the cause of the fire is still unknown.
Investigations are ongoing.