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Man blames slow response for fire damages at Adjodha Building

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(SNO) – The man who made the first call to the fire services to alert them of a blaze at the Adjodha Building in Castries believes the building could have been saved if more was done quickly.

Nicholas Cherry spoke to MBC Prime on the incident which took place last Thursday, saying he noticed the blaze around 1:40 pm.

“A lady has a little booth there and she spoke to me and she told me well, go make a report to the Voyager,” he recounted. “I don’t know if it is the manager.”

He stated that when he spoke to that person, who was on a computer, he was told it was nothing serious.

“SO I went to talk to the lady and the lady came to make a report and they didn’t take that serious,” he pointed out.

Cherry stated that 15 minutes later he called the fire service but the only response he got was, “ok, all right, all right, all right.”

He stated that a fire truck arrived about 15 minutes later but concentrated on the back of the building.

“And the fire started to spread and started to spread,” he explained. “All the time I am telling the firemen let we burst the wall so that you can stop that fire. Yet, still they don’t take that consideration that it was something serious.”

He stated that the building was destroyed because the fire services didn’t consider it serious.

“If I make a report to the firemen and they did not consider it was something serious, that is the reason why the whole building of Adjodha today at the William Peter Boulevard is destroyed,” Cherry stated.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

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