Investigations are ongoing into Saturday’s fire which gutted the Police Force’s Office of Professional Responsibility and other sections of the building located at Police Headquarters, Eve Leary.
The Guyana Fire Service in a statement on the investigations has determined that the fire started in a section of the Police Force’s living quarters which was located in the same building.
A number of Police officers have been questioned about the origin of the blaze.
The Fire Service was called to the scene of the blaze on Saturday afternoon and managed to contain the fire to a section of the wooden building. The building also housed the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The DPP’s office was saved, but various documents might have been damaged during the efforts to clear the building.
Saturday’s fire was the second major blaze at a police building within the past month.
In early October, the Georgetown headquarters of the Police Force, the Brickdam station, was completely destroyed by fire. A prisoner who was in the lock-ups at the time has been charged in connection with that fire.
Police Commissioner (ag) Nigel Hoppie said while many of the documents in the Office of Professional Responsibility were lost, the Force has a backup system in place.
“We always have contingency systems in place but of course, any fire initially would affect us going forward but together as a team, we will put systems in place to ensure that it does not hamper our progress in addressing the issues at hand… most, if not all the cases have connections to several divisions also because as you are aware, we have decentralized Office of Professional Responsibility, that is in every region throughout our country”, Hoppie said.