Sunday 21 July, 2019

Fire destroys stalls at Ray Ray market in downtown Kingston

In this file photo, a firefighter bravely tackles a blaze at the Ray Ray Ground Market in downtown Kingston last year.

In this file photo, a firefighter bravely tackles a blaze at the Ray Ray Ground Market in downtown Kingston last year.

Fire of unknown origin gutted a section of the Ray Ray Ground Market in downtown Kingston early Tuesday morning, approximately nine months after a major blaze there left scores of vendors without their stalls and supplies.

Police report that about 4am, vendors saw smoke coming from the informal market – which extends between West and Pechon streets - and raised an alarm.

Several units from the Jamaica Fire Brigade responded and managed to put out the blaze, but not before it destroyed many of the vendors' stalls that were stacked with their wares.

Firefighters and police were still at the location up to the time of publication.

It is just the latest fire to gut a section of the market.

On November 7 last year, a blaze left scores of vendors without their stalls and supplies ahead of the important Christmas shopping season. The cause of the fire was unknown, but many vendors were adamant that it was the work of arsonists.

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