Just four months after a devastating fire left hundreds of millions of dollars in damages and losses, Firemen were called once again to the Gafoors Houston Complex on the East Bank of Demerara as a fire ripped through the storage bond of the complex on Monday night.
Fire Chief Marlon Gentle told News Source that the Fire Service received the first call just around 6:30pm on Monday and having learnt from the fire that took place at the same bond in May of this year, firemen responded with more fire tenders than needed.
“We came fully prepared”, the Fire Chief said, as he hinted that it was a bit odd that the Monday evening fire started in the same section of the bond where the May fire started.
He said a full investigation will be carried out.
Once at the scene, firemen fought through the recently rebuilt concrete wall and were able to contain the blaze to the back of the building. The last time, the fire danced its way to the front of the bond and engulfed the main store and other store area. Evidence of that last fire still stands as the building is still to be fully reconstructed.
Some employees and CEO of Gafoors, Sattaur Gafoor, gathered on the outside. The firemen were praised for their quick response and ability to contain the blaze.
The CEO said as far as he knows, there were no combustibles in the area. It was under reconstruction and tiles were being stored in that section of the bond.
Fire investigators are expected to return to the scene early Tuesday morning to continue their probe and question employees who worked in the section on Monday.