Residents relieved as fire spares homes

July 17, 2019
Scores of onlookers stare at the burning building.
Scores of onlookers stare at the burning building.
A resident is overcome with emotion as she fears the potential damage to her home.
A resident is overcome with emotion as she fears the potential damage to her home.
Firefighters at the scene of the massive fire.
Firefighters at the scene of the massive fire.
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R esidents on Elgin Road in South St Andrew are breathing a collective sigh of relief after their houses escaped the onslaught of a fire which engulfed the adjacent Allen's Recycling building on 2A Lyndhurst Road, yesterday.

The residents told THE STAR that based on the magnitude of the fire, they were certain that their houses would also go up in flames, and started making preparations for that.

Sasha Frankson, whose house was one of those at risk of catching fire, said she would have probably been homeless if it wasn't for the quick response of her neighbours.

"I was inside my house watching television. I heard my neighbours bawling out "fire". So I came out, went around the back of my house, take up a container of water, climb up on the ladder to throw the water on to the roof because the tree weh close to the house catch fire," she said. "My neighbours passed and help mi. Some were taking the things out of my house, and I took out all my important documents as well."

She added: "If it wasn't for good neighbours and friends, my house would have gone before the fire brigade come here."

Kanico Stewart was one of the good neighbours who helped Frankson and other persons to remove the valuables from their homes.

"Yuh couldn't see anything to how thick the smoke was, but wi try tek out most of the furniture outta di house. Wi feel good seh it neva ketch none a di house dem," he said

Senior Deputy Superintendent Patrick Gooden, officer in charge of operations for the Kingston and St Andrew Division at the Jamaica Fire Brigade, told THE STAR that they received the call about 11:24 a.m.

"On our arrival, we realised that this building that was being used as a waste disposal site was engulfed in flames. Because of the magnitude of the fire, that unit had to call for additional units.

He added that in all, five fire units from the Half-Way Tree, Trench Town and York Park stations were engaged in putting out the fire.

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