While staffers of the pub were reluctant to speak, eyewitnesses told Saint Lucia News Online (SNO) that the fire originated from a problem with the electrical breaker.
A taxi driver, who operates in close proximity of the Triangle Pub and wishes to remain anonymous, told SNO that he heard a loud sound coming from the business. Soon after staffers started running out and shouted ‘fire’.
They related to him and others who work within the area that the electrical breaker started sparking and made an explosive sound, and causing a fire. The taxi driver recalled it wasn’t long after that the fire started spreading “wildly.”
It destroyed the flat wooden structure. He said at the time, staff attempted to remove some items out of the building, but their efforts were unsuccessful.
Within minutes the fire spread to Rituals Coffee, which is located obliquely opposite of the pub.
A female employee of Rituals Coffee said that she became aware of the fire after seeing a “thick black smoke” in the coffee shop. The woman said she and her colleagues also made attempts to save a few things, but the smoke was unbearable to breathe in. The only damage Rituals suffered was a burnt roof.
When Saint Lucia News Online (SNO) turned up there, firefighters were still at the scene and attempted to tame the fire from spreading further. They eventually contained the fire, and removed burnt parts of the structure which posed a threat of falling on someone.
It is reported that the fire service team responded promptly.
The proprietor was reluctant to comment on the incident.
Fire officials are still investigating the incident, and have not confirmed the cause of the fire.