UPDATE: Arson suspected in Roseau fire

Thick dark smoke billowing from one of the houses affected by  fire
Thick dark smoke billowing from one of the houses affected by fire

Police say arson is suspected as the cause of a fire in Roseau over the weekend which destroyed three dwelling houses and caused damage to three others.

That’s according to Police PRO Inspector John Carbon who said in a release sent to Dominica News Online on Monday evening that the matter was under investigation.

Public Relations Officer of the Fire Department, Wayne Letang, told Dominica News Online that the fire department responded to a report made at 4.19 on Saturday afternoon about a house being on fire on Hillsborough Street. However, he said when fire officers arrived on the scene they were quickly confronted by a scenario in which the flames had migrated from the first house to six adjacent buildings. Ultimately, three of the seven affected houses were destroyed, with the other three receiving various degrees of damage.

Investigations by the fire department revealed that the fire started in a house owned by Violet Cambran which was occupied by Dorothy Joseph. Another dwelling house belonging to Henevin Joseph and occupied by Marshall Joseph and Kenny Antoine was also consumed by the fire. The third house to be gutted by the fire belonged to Pauline Ferdinand and was at the time, occupied  by Janice Scotland and Joel Webster.

Other home owners in the area whose houses were affected are Cecil Ferdinand, Ernie Jean Jacques, Cecil Joseph Jnr.  and Olive Williams.

Letang told DNO that the police were involved in ongoing investigations into the cause of the fire and the occupant of one of the houses which was destroyed, was assisting police with their investigations. He said the cost of the damage had not yet been ascertained.

Fire in Roseau 2

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  1. Mark
    May 7, 2014

    None of these houses were insured. Thank God no lives were lost and he will see us through.

  2. Anthony P. Ismael
    May 6, 2014

    At least no one lost their life. The properties in question can always be rebuilt.

  3. May 6, 2014

    so sad to have a best friend and all of his things are gone :cry:

  4. May 6, 2014

    boy that making me feel sad some people in trouble because they do have home to stay

  5. Mafystasha
    May 6, 2014

    so after she cause fire in december , she causing fire in may woosh like the dlp supporters say christmas in may well merry christmas

  6. Anonymous
    May 5, 2014

    I do hope there were no injuries, and every one involve is okay.

    A Dominican diaspora in California.

  7. Anonymous
    May 5, 2014

    Who is assisting the police with the investigation of the December 25, 2010 fire. To those affected be strong.

    • Twain
      May 6, 2014

      Out of place for now. They will and should find the parties involved.

  8. Takecare
    May 5, 2014

    Sad situation indeed.

  9. Simply the Truth
    May 5, 2014

    How sad! I hope the houses and contents were insured. Thank God no one was injured.

  10. lovely
    May 5, 2014


  11. Nostalgia
    May 5, 2014

    DNO u late.

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