Fire destroys building in Albion Estate Compound
The Guyana Fire Service is investigating an early morning fire that completely destroyed a building in the Albion Estate Compound, causing millions in losses on Wednesday (May 03, 2017).
Although information surrounding the incident is sketchy, the News Room was told that the fire started at about 04:00 hours at the facility which housed a conference hall, offices, restaurant and bar.
According to reports, there was no one in the building at the time of the incident.
The News Room was told that the security guard, Alvin Indardatt who was on duty at the building, noticed fire and smoke coming out from the upper flat of the two-storey structure. Indardatt has been working with the Albion Estate for over 20 years.
He recalled that upon investigating, he observed that the upper flat of the building was completely engulfed in flames.
According to the security guard, after he raised an alarm, the New Amsterdam Fire Station and the Rose Hall Fire Station were contacted, and they arrived at the location some fifteen minutes after but were unable to save the structure.
At the scene, firefighters were seen conducting their investigations while going through the rubbles for clues to determine the cause of the fire.
The News Room was informed that following the fire, several persons rushed to the scene to save items while efforts were being made to switch off a gas supply which provides other buildings within the compound with gas.