Carnival in St. Joseph suffered a major setback early this morning when a fire destroyed a house where costumes for the event were being built and stored.
PRO for the fire department, Wayne Letang, said the fire began around 1:45 on Friday morning.
He said an adjoining house was also destroyed in the blaze and three other houses in close proximity were affected.
Kelvar Darroux, Parliamentary Representative for the area, told DNO between 15 to 20 costumes for a young people’s sensay group were consumed by the fire. He said the costumes were constructed just in time for the opening of Carnival in the community scheduled for Saturday, January 26.
Darroux pointed out that costumes for other groups were not stored in the house and they remain unaffected. He said although nothing can be done to replace the destroyed costumes for the opening parade of carnival on Saturday, the event will go on.
According to Letang the St. Joseph fire station first responded to the blaze and further assistance came from Brigade Headquarters in Roseau.
An elderly woman had to be evacuated from one of the houses that was destroyed in the fire but no one was injured.
The cause of the fire remains unknown but Letang said investigations continue.