Doctors’ residence destroyed by fire in Mabaruma

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A building, rented by the Department of Health to house Cuban doctors, was completely destroyed by fire in Mabaruma, Region One on Monday.

The doctors were on duty at the Mabaruma Regional Hospital when the fire started sometime after 11:00h. The News Room understands that the doctors have been working in the area for about two years now.

A resident of Mabaruma, Ronald Cox told the News Room that nothing could have been done to save the building.

The fire quickly spread through the wooden house and burnt it to the ground.

Cox explained that there is an Auxiliary Fire Group in Mabaruma, but it cannot do much to assist.

“That fire group has a portable pump but to move the pump you need a tractor or truck and there is no water storage and it would not make much sense cause it takes a long time to move,” Cox said.

Meanwhile, construction of the Mabaruma Fire Station is almost 95% complete but it is now being used as a quarantine facility for COVID-19 patients.

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