Fire officials had to resort to acquiring water from the sea last night to extinguish a major fire at Coulibistrie, which has caused damage to three houses.
One wooden house and an upstairs and downstairs concrete house were engulfed in flames.
Chairman of the Coulibistrie Village Council Marilyn James-Pascal said that this was the biggest fire she had ever seen. “I have never seen anything like it,” she remarked at the scene.
The Fire Service of Portsmouth and Roseau were both at the scene of the fire. Fire Chief Josiah Dupuis commended the work of fire officers. He said the men obtained water from the nearby coast to subdue the fire. There is no fire hydrant in the area.
Traffic was congested on the highway, as fire officers occupied the middle of the road to execute their duties. Hundreds of persons gathered to observe the incident.
Utility poles’ wires were down. One eye witness told DNO that she watched the fire significantly destroy one of the houses.
– Staff reporter
Photos compliments Kervin Vidal