UPDATED: “This is a terrible loss” – businessman commenting on building fire in Beausejour

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UPDATED: “This is a terrible loss” – businessman commenting on building fire in Beausejour
Drone photo of the fire at the Beausejour facility. * Photo credit: Digital Cohesion

Firefighters have responded to a building on fire in Beausejour, Gros Islet.

Reports are that there are two buildings on the compound where the fire is being fought.

The building with Island Style  – Tile & Bath, Real Foods and International Suppliers is unaffected, according to Warren Joseph, managing director of Island Style – Tile & Bath, in a comment to St. Lucia News Online.

The building with Admac Limited and other businesses is reportedly the one affected.

“Our hearts go out to the other businesses and employees of those businesses affected by this terrible disaster. This is a terrible loss,” Joseph said.

The emergency officials received the report of the fire at 10:11 a.m.

Gros Islet and Castries Fire Stations responded.

At 11:08 a.m., a photographer told St Lucia News Online that the fire “has gotten worse”.

We will provide more information later.

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Drone photo of the fire at the Beausejour facility. * Photo credit: Digital Cohesion
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  1. Every week is a fire. I hope that the Fire Service did not have to wait for LUCELEC to turn off the power to begin fighting the fire. Why no fire switches or cut-outs on commercial buildings which will allow the Fire Service to switch off the power?
    Is the Electrical Department and the National Utilities Regulatory Commission (NURC) in a comatose state?

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    • Are you suggesting LUCELEC does not cut off power quickly enough in these circumstances and is responsible for buildings being engulfed in flames as a result? The Fire Department has clearly stated LUCELEC goes above and beyond to respond immediately to any requests from them. Stay focused on the issue at hand - why not ask if businesses are electrically compliant? That is far more responsible for electrical fires than anything LUCELEC does or doesn't do.

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      • There was a fire in Soufriere recently in which the Fire Service had to wait for the Trouble Call crew to turn off the power before they could fight the fire. The reason they had to wait is because the Electrical Department and LUCELEC have not implemented the mandatory requirements of the law which stipulates that there should be a House Service Cut-Out (HSCO) next to the meter. If the HSCO was present then the Fire Service could simply disconnect all power to the burning building by pulling out the fuse from the HSCO! Why no cut-out fuses on houses in Saint Lucia?
        Actually most buildings in Saint Lucia are not compliant with the local Electrical Regulations due to the absence of a cut-out next to each meter and the lack of RCDs in older installations. Is there a cut-out next to the LUCELEC meter which feeds your home? Send a photo of your cut-out to St. Lucia News Online if and when you can locate it.

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