An Early morning fire of unknown origin has completely gutted the Ministry of Health Annexe at Lilliendaal on the East Coast of Demerara. The building which is also known as the Medex Building was located just next to the Ocean View Hotel’s Conference Centre. It housed a number of departments in the Health Ministry.
Aided by strong winds from the Atlantic Ocean, the fire quickly swept through the wooden building early Tuesday morning. Fire Chief Marlon Gentle was on the scene and explained to News Source that the fire service did all that it could but the wind was just too strong for their efforts.
He said the fire service received the first call at 3:27 am from someone who was driving along the roadway and noticed the blaze. Gentle said the fire service immediately responded and dispatched fire tenders from a number of stations in the area. He said an elevated fire tender was sent to the scene but the blaze was too out of control for it to be used.
The fire has left millions of dollars in losses.
A security guard who was on duty is assisting with the investigations.