Fire Service refutes false reports on firefighters’ performance at Charlotte St fire

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A statement from the Guyana Fire Service on Wednesday, which in large measure addressed the performance of firefighters who responded to a fire on Tuesday night at Charlotte Street, Bourda, has clarified that there were no casualties or injuries sustained by firefighters or civilians.

The Guyana Fire Service (GFS) refuted what it said were inaccurate reports made by a spurious online media outlet in relation to the fire. Contrary to what was reported, no firefighter fell into the burning building or needed to be rescued, the fire service said.

Additionally, it noted that it is against protocol for a firefighter to mount/ride the fire truck without being in full firefighting gear. This is in direct response to claims that women firefighter Shekel Rogers, who was off duty and not in her protective gears had joined her colleagues in battling the blaze.

The online entity had reportedly stated that “when the report was made, the brave Rogers, who was not on duty, jumped onto the truck and headed to the scene.”

This the fire service said is incorrect and brings discredit to the institution

Another section of the report falsely stated “Daily News learnt that at the time of the report of the fire, there was a domino competition at the fire station”.

The GFS strongly denied this allegation and clarified that there was no domino competition being held at the time of the report.

The Guyana Fire Service said it received a report of a house on fire at 21:20 hrs and water tenders 76, 105, 106, 107 and 112 from the Central Fire Station, Alberttown Fire Station, West Ruimveldt Fire Station and Campbellville Fire Station responded to the Charlotte Street, Bourda, Georgetown location.

The house which served as an apartment building was completely destroyed leaving two persons homeless, while two other buildings suffered minor damages due to the radiated heat.

The supposed cause of the fire at this time is malicious setting by person (s) unknown.

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