An early afternoon fire ripped through the Middle Street, Georgetown building that houses Dasilva’s House of Optics leaving millions of dollars in losses and damages behind.
Fire Chief Marlon Gentle told the media that the Fire Service first began receiving calls just around 1:30 on Sunday afternoon. He said fire men immediately rushed to the scene where they noticed smoke bellowing from the top flat of the two storey building.
The Fire Chief explained that the first mission of the firemen was to contain the blaze to the one building. Additional fire tenders were summoned from different fire stations and the fire fighters were able to contain and douse the blaze. A section of the Georgetown Public Hospital is located just next door.
Family members were seen rushing into the building and saving as much as they could. The business place was housed in the bottom flat, while family members lived at the top.
The fire, according to the Fire Chief, appeared to have started in the centre of the upper flat. He said a cause for the blaze is still to be ascertained. An investigation has been launched.
DaSilva’s House of Optics is one of the oldest optical businesses in Georgetown.
It is a family businesses that has covered decades. The Middle Street building which was gutted, was one of the old wooden colonial type structures in the area.