Newtown fire destroys house

A fire in Newtown on Tuesday night has destroyed an old house and has slightly damaged two others.

No one was hurt in the blaze.

PRO of the Fire Services Division, Wayne Letang said at approximately 7:37 pm, Officers at the Roseau Fire Station responded to a fire call in Newtown. The blaze occurred in the area near the Newtown Roman Catholic Church.

“The building in question was a dilapidated dwelling house constructed of lumber and concrete blocks and measuring approximately 18ft x 23ft. The owners are deceased. No formal tenant resided in the building, but it was utilized by other persons. Mr. Gordon Baptiste was caretaker of the said property. The building with all its contents was completely destroyed by the blaze,” he said.

Letang reported that two other buildings close by were slightly damaged.

“Minor damage was done to the guttering and facer boards of one building and scorching damage to the external wall of the other. No injuries were reported,” he stated. “Investigations into the cause of the fire are still ongoing with the assistance of Investigating Officers of the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force.”

Meanwhile MP for the area, Joshua Francis said it is fortunate no one was hurt.

“We are very fortunate that there was no loss of life or serious personal injury and no serious loss of property in the houses [that] people occupied,” MP for the area, Joshua Francis said.

Francis stated that when he arrived on the scene, the fire was already contained which meant the Fire Department responded promptly.

Additionally he stated that the house that was destroyed was occupied by a vagrant.

“The house which was decimated was an old house and my understanding is that a vagrant lived in the house,” he stated. “There seemed to have been some issue between a vagrant and another person which has resulted in a police investigation. I am not going to report on that aspect, the official report will be given by the fire service department…with the police work, I will not interfere in that domain at this hour.”

Francis reiterated that he was happy that no one got injured and commended residents for their efforts in combatting the fire.

“One of the good things I saw last night is that the community came out to assist in different ways and provide support to those who were affected in one way or the other by the fire,” he remarked.




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  1. Let The Truth Be Known - Original
    July 22, 2017

    Police Department you will have to send your officers on parole in that area, frequently, especially at sundown.

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      July 24, 2017

      I meant, “on patrol.”

  2. July 20, 2017

    Boy allyou love the name Skerrit. Gid will continue to bless him through your evil thoughts.
    Try and say some kind words towards others.

    July 19, 2017

    It’s probably more to receive a CBI house….

    July 19, 2017

    maybe its me but doesn’t that flame look like a man with a jacket and a hat blowing flames from his hand!

    July 19, 2017

    Hon.Benoit spoke to the victims and pledged tangible assistance . He was promptly on the scene of the fire. The Minor Key was ignored by Newtown people because of character and trust issues . Worse MP ever. Thanks Benoit for saving OYO Life and being there for his family and he is our real Mp effective and hardworking and genuine .

    • July 21, 2017

      you meant god saved oyo life

  6. goofla
    July 19, 2017

    hmm y does the fire look like people dancing image

  7. small mouth
    July 19, 2017

    boy look at the image in the fire wow….a man standing

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      July 22, 2017

      Strange picture isn’t it? Something is fishy about this fire.

  8. trolla
    July 19, 2017

    is Skerrit fault :lol: :lol:
    skerrit must go!!! :-x

  9. June
    July 19, 2017

    Are you stupid or what a fire happen and you are hear chanting skerrit must go….. Is it skerrit who start the first?

  10. July 19, 2017

    How much more foolish crazy can those partisan supporters get. A house burn the parl rep as is accustomed spoke with political bias and a here a lunatic ” skerit must go now”. Guess everything that happen is skerit ?

    • July 19, 2017

      With no political bias*

  11. %
    July 19, 2017

    Good job HONOURABLE Joshua Francis.
    No giving of free money by anyone will cause the people of Roseau South to look the other way for proper representation. The FREE MONEY is a sign of massive failure and incompetence by superlatively idiotic leaders who are quite frankly groping in the dark, because they just do not have what it takes to execute their tasks.

    • Mamamia
      July 19, 2017

      Dream onnnnnnnn…….the question is GO WHERE? Do you really think Lennox and his team of “TWO” can run the country? Get a few young peole with leadership qualities and vision then you can sing your song “skeritt must go”
      As long as this doesnt happen then SKERITT isn’t going anywhere….put this into ur pipe and smoke it. Don’t be naive.

    • June
      July 19, 2017

      Are you stupid or what a fire happen and you are hear chanting skerrit must go….. Is it skerrit who start the first?

  12. Iamanidiot
    July 19, 2017

    That’s the third fire in the SAME EXACT AREA. And when i say same area I mean SAME. Think police should investigate if someone trying to burn down the area to get ride of old houses to buy them or something.

    • Genius
      July 20, 2017

      You is a smart fella my brodda. Wait for it. :lol: Something coming soon :-D

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