Razed Chateau Caribbean lights up again – why?
It may have been raining on Easter Monday afternoon, but that didn’t stop fire from once again engulfing the Chateau Caribbean Hotel on Marine Parade. It was previously severely damaged by a massive fire on November twenty-seventh, 2016. That fire was caused by an explosion triggered by a leaking gas line which led to the kitchen. The blast took down an abutting wall and despite all efforts by employees of the establishment to extinguish the flames, the source of the gas leak was never capped, leaving the fuel to burn wildly as the building was engulfed in flames. This incident was reported by an official at nearby Memorial Park who said, according to police, that he did not see anyone suspicious or strange in the area. So then what happened? Fire officials are still puzzling it out, but station officer Orin Smith conceded to News Five that it was still possible that “human intervention” and still flammable material at the site led to the latest incident.
“Is it possible that there was any leftover material from the fire in November that caught again?”
Orin Smith, Station Officer, National Fire Service
“There was certainly material that were unburnt, or should I say incomplete burning, that was left over from the November fire. However, there was no activity going at that site, no one was occupying the structure. And scientifically, for a fire to occur there needs to be three elements that needs to be combined: that’s fuel, heat and oxygen. There was a fuel source there, from the previous fire; oxygen is always plentiful in the air round us, however, there was supposedly to be no heat source, since there is no electrical current or any activity going on at the scene. For a heat source to be present, there is the possibility of human intervention.”
Smith preferred not to say if the Department considered the fire to be “incendiary”, an official term for deliberately set fires or the crime of arson. Their investigations continue and the area is deemed to be unsafe for habitation or other activity.