A thick cloud of smoke covered sections of Kingston yesterday because of a massive fire that destroyed Atlantic Hardware on Saturday. A preliminary estimate of the damage that was done has been said to be $1 billion and approximately 50 persons are out of a job.
The firefighter responded to the call from their colleague as soon as they got it and there was enough water at the location to put out the blaze before other buildings got damaged.
Investigations has begun because the cause of the fire needs to be determined.
Superintendent in charge of the Kingston and St Andrew Fire Service, Julian Davis-Buckle, reported that it was 10 pm Saturday before firefighters left the Trench Town, York Park, Half-Way-Tree and Spanish Town fire stations, but they managed to bring the blaze under control before they started the cooling down operations, which continued until the afternoon on the next day.
The business was destroyed and the hardware material that was being sold became very toxic when it burned. It was hard for the firefighter to face the fire without the right gears to protect them. However, they did their best and some of the workers helped to put out the blaze as well.
No access to outsiders was the rule at the scene after the cooling down operation was finished, they didn’t want any evidence to be disturbed.
The fire chief was the first to raise an alarm, as she was passing by and saw the fire. She quickly called the fire station and the firefighters had enough water to manage to put out the blaze so that other buildings were safe.
Mr. Donald Fung who owned the business lost his warehouse as well. His security team came to assist when he used the alarm he had.