A pot left unattended on a gas stove was the cause of a fire in a two-bedroom wooden structure on Church Street in Gros Islet Town this morning, June 3.
No one was at home when the fire started and the fire was contained within five minutes after firemen arrived, said Acting Station Officer at the Gros Islet Fire Service Station, Jermaine William.
William told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) three fire trucks and an ambulance responded when the station received the report at 10:25 a.m.
Neighbours, using buckets of water and an extinguisher, helped to contain the blaze before the fire service arrived. Two houses several feet away did not sustain any damage.
The fire officer said the inferno started in the kitchen where a pot cooking food was left unattended and spread to the ceiling.
Owner of the house Etiene Christopher was reluctant to say what caused the fire, but when pressed, he said: “Carelessness, but I was not far from my house.”
He also acknowledged the help of his neighbours for helping to contain the fire.
A resident in the area told SNO that Christopher may have forgotten to turn the stove off or that he had a pot on the fire.
“He is an old man, so he probably had a memory lapse. He is in his 60s or early 70s,” the resident said.
Apart from the damage to the floor and roof, the elderly man only lost his stove and the pot.
The estimate cost of damage has not yet been ascertained.