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Fire at Farms Meadows; the third structural fire in five days

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by Eulana Weekes

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): A residential structure was on fire on Wednesday evening, January 18, 2022, just three days after a home was completely ravaged by flames.

The Sandy Point Unit of the St. Kitts- Nevis Fire and Rescue Services were summoned to the scene following a fire report at approximately 6 pm on Wednesday at Farms Meadows.

Upon arrival at the scene, the Fire Unit recognised that smoke was emitting from the top area of a two-storey structure, which was just the remaining portion of a fire that had mostly extinguished by itself.

It is believed that an A/C Unit ignited the fire in the home. The occupant of the residence was not present when the fire started.

There were reports of damage to the ceiling and interior floor of the building and also to the contents therein.

The FarmS Meadows incident is the third structural fire that was reported to the St. Kitts- Nevis Fire and Rescue Services within a period of five days.

Considering the frequency at which structural fires occur on the island in just the first month of the year, Fire Sub Station Officer Timothy Martin urged individuals to practise fire prevention measures to ensure the safety of their lives and property. Some of the measures include:

  • Have Smoke alarms/ smoke detectors on each level of the building. Replace weak or dead batteries immediately. Install smoke detectors in hallways, bedrooms and other spaces except for the kitchen.

 

  • Have a Fire Escape Plan. Ensure that every member of the household is a part of developing that plan. Have an outside meeting place in a safe location.

  • If in a multi-storey building, do not use elevators as a means of egress.  Persons could be overcome by smoke in an elevator before anyone gets to them.

  • For smokers, always use an ashtray. Do not smoke on beds and couches. Never smoke when feeling drowsy or on medication.

  • Be alert when cooking and keep children out of the kitchen.

  • If your clothes are on fire, “Stop, Drop and Roll.”

 

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