Bush Fire on Chaussee Road


By Allen Alexander

Officials from the St. Lucia Fire Service wishes to advise members of the public to desist from the act of lighting fires in residential areas, as they could result in major house fires. The latest word of caution was made on the morning of June 10th, after firemen extinguished a bush fire along Chaussee Road, opposite George V Park.

The bush fire occurred in a residential area consisting of nearby wooden houses. There was no loss to property or injury to human life, as the fire hydrant arrived in time to contain the flame. Residents were pleased to express their satisfaction for the quick mobility of the fire service. The incident disrupted the flow of traffic along Chaussee Road and Cavalry Road.

Fire officials said they had been engaged in battling bush fires throughout the month of May and had been pushed to the limit. A representative of the St. Lucia Fire Service indicated that the bush fires were placing additional strain on the limited resources of the fire service amidst the continuing strain of COVID-19 and the water shortage resulting from the present drought. The Water and Sewage Company (WASCO) has warned that the drought has continued to deplete the supply of raw water from traditional abstraction points within the river system as well as the John Compton Dam Reservoir.

Members of the public are being asked to be mindful of the challenges and to take the greatest precaution to avoid any further damages where fires are concerned.

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