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Feb 19, 2020

An Electrical Fire Displaced 25 Persons in Seine Bight

Fire officials say that electrical overload is the cause of the fire that left twenty-five persons without a home. Shortly after two on Tuesday afternoon, Placencia fire-fighters were called out to Seine Bight Village where two buildings, including a wooden barracks, were on fire. The property, valued at seventy-three thousand dollars, was completely destroyed.  Reports emerging from Seine Bight say that calls to the substation in Placencia didn’t go through and residents had to notify police about the fire. Kenneth Mortis of the National Fire Service tells us more.


Kenneth Mortis

Kenneth Mortis, Station Supervisor, National Fire Service

“Upon arrival we found what appeared to have been the remains of two structures fully engulfed in flames and about to reach the collapse stage. Fire-fighting commenced and we extinguished the fires and conducted our initial investigation to try and determine the cause and origin of the fire.  Of the two structures, one was a wooden two-bedroom structure, owned and occupied by Kenisha Avilez. She also had her two kids and her brother living along with her. The fourteen room barracks, also of wooden structure, owned by Kenisha Avilez. In total, as of today, my counter-parts in Placencia confirmed that we had a total of twenty-five individuals were displaced by the fire.   The Seine Bight fire, we learnt that it originated in the room number one of the fourteen unit barrack structure. The cause of this fire was due to an electrical overload. What happened is that both structures were being fed with electricity off of one switch box and the said room was heavily electrically operated. Everything that you can think about in a house was in that one room. So, our team in Placencia confirmed that the cause of the fire was as a result of an electrical overload.”



“For the fire service representatives down south to have gotten that information they had to get it from the Placencia Police because their numbers aren’t working. We are also being told that several numbers for the different sub-stations of the national fire service are not working. Can you confirm or deny; and if so, speak to the problem and what is being done about it?”


Kenneth Mortis

“Unfortunately, the information you have received is correct. We are experiencing technical issues whereby some of our counterpart stations are not working indeed and that is being dealt with currently by B.T.L.  The best advice that the fire department can offer is that until those issues are resolved, we encourage emergency calls to be forwarded to your nearest police station or call directly at the headquarters at 207-7378 or 207-2579.”

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