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Jamaicans seriously injured in ‘tenement house’ fire in Cayman

Two of three people who were injured in a fire at a house in Central George Town in the Cayman Islands, are reported to be Jamaicans.

The Cayman Islands police are treating the fire as a case of arson.

The three were injured in the early morning fire on Wednesday at a small residence on Shedden Road behind Archie’s Bar. The police said there were multiple occupants in the house when the fire started, and three people were taken to hospital.

According to the Cayman media, two of the victims were badly burnt before they were rescued by fire crews that fought the blaze.

One woman was reportedly treated and released, but the Jamaicans were hospitalised in stable conditions.

The fire broke out in what has been described as a tenement yard with numerous people, many of whom lost everything.

Most of the victims were said to be Jamaicans with work permits, although some Caymanians were reportedly affected as well.

The Cayman fire appeared to have missed much of the public glare in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean amid the deadly fire at an apartment complex in the Bronx, New York last week, which reportedly left five Jamaicans dead.

The Cayman media said the cause of the fire there is under investigation, but witnesses believe that gasoline was thrown into one of the windows of the wooden house, which was subsequently gutted.

It is understood that the Jamaican Consulate in the Cayman has been contacted with a view to getting whatever help is possible for the fire victims.

People willing to assist the victims in the Cayman Islands have been asked to contact the Jamaican Consulate.

 

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