GREAT BAY – Thanks to a high level of awareness, serious or even fatal injuries was averted after smoke was seen emitting from an apartment at #2 Plough Drive, on the L.B. Scott Road yesterday afternoon.
At the time of the initial fire, an elderly gentleman and his grandson were in the building; the third resident, his daughter was not at home. According to a nearby resident who discovered the fire, she was on her way home when she noticed smoke coming out from the back of the building.
“I was passing there with my little son just in time and he was the one that said to me, mommy look at smoke and when we ran to the back, we saw smoke coming out near the cistern and right away we called the fire department,” she stated.
There were no serious injuries; however the elderly gentleman who had to be assisted out of the smoking house was treated on the spot in an ambulance that was parked some distance away.
Chief Inspector Ricardo Henson said that a call was made to Central Dispatch about the fire. “From what I was told by the Fire Department, when they arrived, the elderly gentleman and the child were already removed and they did what was necessary to extinguish the fire amid the smoke filled building. The cause of the fire is yet to be identified,” Henson said.
Photo caption: Smoke billows from the house on Plough Road after the initial blaze was extinguished by members of the Fire Department who were able to prevent it from spreading and causing further damage to nearby houses on Plough Road yesterday afternoon. Photo today / Milton Pieters