Did you know that no small island in the Caribbean has suffered more from fires than St. Lucia in particular its capital Castries?
In 1796 Castries was razed to the ground and all official and private documents were destroyed. On that occasion it was said to have been set on fire deliberately during a military engagement between the English and the French.
Then 17 years later, in 1813 Castries suffered heavy loss by fire when most of the town was destroyed again. What was left was finished destroyed by a cyclone in 1817.
In the twentieth century, in 1927 and 1948, two major disastrous fires wiped out substantial portions of the town, while comparatively large fires occurred in 1951, 1959 and 1960. A large number of houses on the eastern side of the Chaussee known as Fonds le Grand were destroyed in 1951. In 1959, the St. Joseph’s Covent, the Convent School, the Chapel as well as five dwelling houses went up in flames.
In 1960. Messrs. Minvielle & Chastanet Ltd, the largest department store in Castries was partially destroyed.
Soufriere was the victim of a disastrous fire on June 09, 1955 and over 2000 people were rendered homeless and there was a considerable loss of property.
Did you know on April 01, 1916, the Castries Fire Brigade Station was completely destroyed by fire?
Source: Historical Review of the Castries Municipality from 1785 to 1967 by Francis J. Carasco – 1967