ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a fire that destroyed four vehicles on New Year’s Day, all of which belonged to Caribbean Developers Limited (CDL) that manages operations of Jolly Harbour.
The vehicles – a car, a pickup and two golf carts – were parked in the CDL parking lot in Jolly Harbour when a security officer observed the flames around 12:50 pm.
General Manager of CDL Gale Hechme said the officer informed her of what was happening and the emergency units were summoned.
Ambulance, police and fire truck sirens pealed from St John’s to the southern side of the island but by the time firefighters arrived, the damage had been done.
The cause of the fire is yet to be determined but police do not suspect arson, though it has not been ruled out, a source said.
Meantime, reports indicate the fire might have begun in one of the golf carts that were parked in the lot from 10 am that day.
Hechme declined to comment in detail on the matter since the joint police and fire departments’ probe is incomplete.
However, she did say, “Thank God no one was hurt in what I’d say was a terrible mishap.” All the vehicles were insured.
Up to yesterday the fire department had received two reports.
Last year, there were 458 fire reports of which 21 were vehicle fires. The year prior, fire officials responded to 489 fire calls compared to the 555 in 2009.
The number of fire reports in 2008 is still the lowest in the past four years with 374 on record.