Double Setback for Downtown Kingston as Separate Fires Destroy Homes and Businesses

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Jamaica News: Two separate fires, just days apart in in downtown Kingston have left several families facing uncertain futures.

In the first incident on Sunday, fire gutted the homes of 17 persons in Denham Town, West Kingston.

13 adults and 4 children were affected.

The victims say they saved nothing except the clothes they had on. Damage is estimated at over $4million.

It is still not clear what started the fire.

The Jamaica music fraternity was plunged into mourning after the passing of “Carrot” formerly of world renowned group Third World.

The second blaze happened around 4 Tuesday morning at the Ray Ray Ground Market. Investigators are probing whether this inferno was deliberately set. It was the second time this year the market has been damaged by fire.

Vendors say they lost all their stock including shoes and clothes. An official estimate has not been done but the losses are expected to run into the millions.

It is a real setback for the vendors as it comes just 3 weeks before the profitable back to school period.

Local government authorities have promised help for the affected.

No one was hurt in either blaze.


By: Mckoy’s News Reporter

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