Arson is suspected in a fire that scorched acres of land along the Kim Collins Highway area on Sunday March 11.
It took the combined efforts of the units from the Basseterre, Sandy Point and Tabernacle Fire fighting units and a battle that lasted nearly six hours to bring the blaze under control, according to Acting Fire Chief Everette O’Garro.
“We strongly believe that this was the work of an arsonist,” O’Garro revealed.
The Acting Fire Chief disclosed that his men were alerted of the fire at about 12:45 p.m. but getting the fire under control was very challenging as prevailing high winds made created right conditions for the flames to quickly spread.
He, however, applauded the work of his men and indicated that because of their efforts there have been no reports of infrastructural damages.
O’Garro reminded residents that arson is a criminal offence and anyone who is caught in the commission of the act faces jail time or a fine.
As a result of the fire, a thin film of ashes fell over Basseterre.
Thankfully, the blaze did not affect traffic at the Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw International Airport.
Investigations are continuing to determine the exact cause of the fire.