Basseterre, St. Kitts, October 18, 2016, (RSCNPF): Following preliminary investigations, it is suspected that the cause of an early morning fire on October 17 was electrical in nature. The St. Kitts-Nevis Fire and Rescue Services (SKNFRS) and the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force (RSCNPF) are investigating the fire that occurred in downtown Basseterre.
Tuesday morning at around 5:45 am the SKNFRS responded to a report of a fire at the Lemon Grass Restaurant. Upon arrival at the scene the crew observed fire coming from the upper section of the building that houses the Lemon Grass Restaurant and Ashbury’s.
The men quickly went into action to extinguish the fire and they were able to contain the fire to that area. They later observed that the fire was not at the Lemon Grass Restaurant, but at an office also located on the upper level which was used by Ashbury’s. All the contents of that office were destroyed and the ceiling received considerable damage.
On the northern side of the affected area is an office run by Reliance Agency and on the Southern side is a photo studio. Both areas received minor smoke and water damage as a result of the extinguishing operations. Additionally, the downstairs business section of Ashbury’s received water damage as a result of the extinguishing operation as well.