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A small house between the church and the hospital burst into flames, within hours the two buildings on one hand, and between the seafront and the Boulevard on the other were completely gutted by the flames.
With the help of some residents, they were able to save the rest of the town. Over 2000 people were rendered homeless and the loss of property was substantial. However, immediate assistance was forthcoming from the St. Lucians and the neighbouring islands.
Did you know that on April 01, 1916, the Fire Brigade Station was totally destroyed by fire?
Source: Outline of St. Lucia’s History by Rev. Fr. Charles Jesse – 1994.
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