The Dominica Fire and Ambulance Services Division responded to multiple fire calls on Sunday 10th May 2020. Two house Fires and eleven Bush Fires were responded to by crews around the island.
At approximately 4:59 am, crews at the Roseau Fire Station responded to a call at the landfill in Fond Cole; the said call involved fire within the landfill and crews were required to engage in firefighting procedures throughout the day. Two Fire Trucks and crew were required to challenge the blaze. Outside resources were needed to be employed in executing these procedures. Assistance came from DOWASCO in the form of the use of a water truck and ADA Trucking, with use of an excavator for movement of earth and debris. Operations at the Landfill were completed at approximately 5:20 pm.
At approximately 2:30 pm, the Roseau station also got information of a bush fire at Newtown. Information was relayed to crews at the Landfill and simultaneously, a crew was dispatched utilizing an ambulance to investigate. Information returning from the investigating crew at approximate 2:40pm indicated that vehicles near the fire were engulfed in flames. At approximately 2:50pm the first arriving fire truck and crew commenced firefighting procedures and were later joined by a second Truck and crew. The blaze involved eleven non-functional vehicles some of which were undergoing mechanical repairs and two building at Victoria Street: a mechanic garage owned by Mr. Reggie Burke was completely destroyed. A second unoccupied building, the Old Newtown Infant School, also sustained damage. Investigations into this fire are ongoing. Information though is suggesting that the fire resulted from persons burning debris in the area.
Additionally, at approximately 4:30pm, crews of the Roseau Fire Station responded to a bush fire in the King Hill area and at approximately 5:24pm also responded to a Bush Fire in the Glasgow area in Fond Cole. A call was also responded to at King Lane, Roseau at approximately 5:59pm. These fires were all extinguished. The Roseau Fire Station was again called into action in the Fond Cole/Glasgow area at approximately 8:20pm.
The Grandbay Fire Station on Sunday 10th May 2020 also responded to bush fires, responding to two calls during the day. One at approximately 2:06pm in the Grandbay Village area and the other at approximately 3:40pm, at Tete Morne. Both fires were extinguished without any significant damage to property.
Portsmouth Fire Station responding to three Bush Fires during the day: at about 1:26 pm in the community of Bioche, at 7:03pmin the Community of Bourne and at 8:37pm in the Community of Gutter. All fires were controlled and extinguished without significant damage.
On Sunday 10th May 2020 crews at the Melville Hall Fire Station responded to two Fire Calls, both of which were in the Community of Wesley. At approximately 12:00am a response was to a house fire in Wesley. The owner and sole occupier was Mr. Edmund Andrew of Wesley. No one was injured during the Blaze and investigations are still ongoing into the cause of the fire and the cost of damage. Crews at the Melville Hall Station also responded to a Bush Fire in Wesley on Sunday at approximately 4:00pm. The fire was controlled and subsequently extinguished without significant damage.
The Dominica Fire and Ambulance Services Division remains committed to protecting the life and property of citizens of the Commonwealth of Dominica and visitors to our shores. We extend our sincerest sympathy to all who lost property during these fires and continue to ask citizens to act responsibly with caution during the Dry Season and refrain from indiscriminate burning. All burning in Residential Areas should be terminated and burning for agricultural purpose should be done with utmost caution.