The Triple N Bookstore in Castries sustained minimal damage when a fire of electrical origin broke out at about 8:15 p.m. Saturday, July 19.
It was confirmed by the owner of the bookstore that the fire started from a cash register.
A resident in the area claimed that he first saw smoke emanating from the top of the building. After realising that the store was on fire, a call was made to the Fire Service.
A team responded within minutes and barricades were placed around the area. Fire fighters had to await the arrival of the owner, who had the keys to the shuttle, to gain entry into the bookstore.
There were several persons looking on as fire officials helped to contain the fire.
The owner of the bookstore, Niles Nathaniel, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that he received a call around 8:30 p.m. informing him of the incident.
According to the owner, a cash register was mistakenly left on by a staff. However, he claims that there was a notice close to these registers, which served as a reminder for all staff to unplug electrical cables and plugs before leaving.
While Nathaniel could not put a price to the damages caused by the fire, he said the entire cash register section, which included several stationery and office supplies, were destroyed.
Nathaniel said he has been operating his bookstore for over 15 years, but never encountered such an incident. However, he said the store is fully insured.
He praised the Fire Service for their quick response and said if it were not for them, he would have probably been out of business. Despite the situation, the owner plans to clean up this weekend and re-open his business by Tuesday.