UPDATE: 4 houses, disco destroyed in Bioche fire [photo gallery included]

One of the houses consumed by the fire. Photo courtesy Sabrina Joseph

Fire and police officials are investigating a fire in Bioche early this morning which destroyed four houses and a disco.

The incident occurred about 2 a.m., and according to a resident it lasted about five hours.

A concrete building stood
The concrete building which stood here is no more

Two rental houses occupied by Kem Vidal and Unadie Vidal respectively were scorched, as well as the disco.  Thomas Deluge’s house was also completely destroyed, while the dwelling house of Shepherd Sabaroche was partially consumed by the fire, and the roof of another building also got burnt.

According to an eyewitness Kirk Dumas, a few boys attempted to out the fire with buckets of water. However, that was not enough.

He said that fire officers arrived a bit late. “There was a fire hydrant there, but the water was so low it was not enough,” he told Dominica News Online.

The fire officers had to resort to taking water via a pump from a river nearby.

The cause of the fire is unknown. This morning a fire officer came to inspect the scene of the crime, Dumas said.

(See photo gallery below. These photos were compliments Sharla Gabriel)

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    July 20, 2010


  2. July 15, 2010

    @Josephine: u need to live and learn before you speak

  3. ian england
    July 15, 2010

    hope everyone is fine in bioche. especially my sister -in law louvain and family.

  4. July 15, 2010

    thats such a sad news…. thank god no one god hurt….

  5. shane
    July 15, 2010

    Thats so sad! OMG.. atleast no one died!

  6. July 14, 2010

    I feel so sad for everyone involved in this tragedy. May they find guidance and strength from the almighty. May he continue to bless and keep them. I thank him that there was no loss of life. Things can be replaced no matter how sentimental. This is the time for everyone to come together to help their fellowmen.

  7. LIL AvO
    July 14, 2010

    sad to know dat all them people lost thier homes thats my village right

  8. LIL AvO
    July 14, 2010


  9. LIL AvO
    July 14, 2010

    i hope my people alright i was not dere to help
    poor very sad situation

  10. dade county
    July 14, 2010

    i don’t know why would they say that a fire officer was on the scene of the crime this morning. If there is an unknown cause of the fire it can’t be called a crime as of yet but rather an accident.

  11. Jane
    July 14, 2010

    Yo key yah Kor yo’ fireman…mentira yo’ kar mentira. Yo Key yah Kor yo’ fireman…yo’ Kar feh cenema…yo’ ka majea la jean govelma. The spelling is all wrong but listen to the Fireman song by Brisbane and you’ll get what I’m trying so hard to say. It’s a tragedy and I pray the Lord give the people affected by this the strength to continue to go on and as a people we need to come together to help them anyway we can.

  12. lisad
    July 14, 2010

    merciful father, please be gracious unto the victims of this trajedy.

  13. July 14, 2010

    The fire Department need to be on the alert all the time, they need to check the fire hydrant on an semi annually. Even though that the house were almost burnt to the ground that was so lame on the fire department. Things happen and hard times but somtimes some things can be avoided. Instead of cashing your government paychecks for doing nothing get off your butts and check those fire hydrant often, then the water won’t run out so slow. I thought they would learn from the fire that happen in Hagley a few years ago.

    • concerned.
      May 7, 2011

      the fire department test those hydrant often and reports are made to dowasco who never fix them

  14. natheline
    July 14, 2010

    I no things are tough and in this hard economic times to have a tradegy like this, its rough i just want to tell everybody directly affected by this fire to be strong, God is good things will work out.

  15. Rebirth
    July 14, 2010

    A real sad occurrence. It’s time to mobilize the community and help each other out. Dominicans are a resilient people, ready to help. Let’s work at lifting these families out of this unfortunate tragedy that has befallen them.

  16. odetta williams
    July 14, 2010

    thats real real sad i miss dominica so much for me to see what has been going on in my village like this i hope my family is alright and the friends that we have down in the village next to the disco . love you all in bioche my friends and family.

  17. Nitara
    July 14, 2010

    What a tragedy

  18. javelin
    July 14, 2010

    Truly sad. My heart goes out to the victims

  19. Possie watcher
    July 14, 2010

    I pray to god that no one got hurt. But the belongings of people were destroyed. For important documents, I think the authorities need to assist. To pay a money got burnt for social security, liscence, passport, health documents, insurance document, if there are school children- The uniforms, the books etc.
    This is hard. We will support wherever we can

  20. SASSY
    July 14, 2010

    Oh goosh! once no one got hurt

  21. concern
    July 14, 2010


  22. child
    July 14, 2010

    not one,not two,not three,but five .oh god it couldn’t get any worst(hope everyone got out safe

  23. patriot
    July 14, 2010

    in times like this free housing is a need

  24. poosky
    July 14, 2010


  25. shatta
    July 14, 2010

    damn i hope nobody got hurt

  26. true dat
    July 14, 2010

    wow, so sad

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