Five Chinese nationals rescued from inferno at Saffon St. premises


The Guyana Fire Service says five Chinese Nationals were rescued after being trapped in a supermarket located at Saffon and Sussex Streets, Georgetown when it caught on fire in the wee hours of Saturday.

The fire started at approximately 02:26hrs and six water tenders, a hydraulic platform, a fire boat, and a hose layer from Central, Alberttown, Campbellville, West Ruimveldt, Eccles, and Fire Service Headquarters responded to the scene.

The engulfed building (Photo: Joseph Allen)

“Three of them were sent to the hospital for smoke inhalation, along with one of our firefighters,” a release from the GFS said.

The GFS also managed to prevent the fire from spreading to the La Penitence market and nearby buildings.

As a result of the fire, citizens are advised that the following streets are blocked off to traffic until further notice:

– Sussex and Hogg

– Broad and Saffon

– Broad and Sussex

– Saffon and Pont trench road

– James and Hogg

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