Although Sunday night’s small blaze at the Pegasus Hotel was restricted to one of the hotel’s kitchen, the incident has raised serious questions about fire safety at the posh Georgetown Hotel. era
Several guests said the hotel does not appear to have a working fire alarm system since even as the lobby and some floors were engulfed with smoke, there was never a fire alarm sounded or any sprinkler system in place.
Instead, some guests said they were alerted by persons banging on their doors and telling them to get out.
The Guyana Fire Service’s Fire Prevention Officer, Andrew Holder, told reporters that there were serious concerns. He confirmed that in a number of areas at the hotel, emergency exits were chained and locked and that created problems for the Fire Service.
Some exit doors in even the kitchen area were observed with padlocks on them and chains. The Fire Prevention Officer promised to meet with the hotel’s management to address the issues.
After more than two hours, hotel guests were eventually led back to their bedrooms.
An investigation has been launched.