Wednesday 11 December, 2019

Police urged to probe frequent market fires in downtown Kingston

A man carries an item from the burning market on Tuesday morning. (PHOTOS: Llewellyn Wynter)

A man carries an item from the burning market on Tuesday morning. (PHOTOS: Llewellyn Wynter)

President of the Jamaica Higglers, Vendors and Marketers Association, Lionel Dunstant Whittingham is calling for law enforcement authorities to investigate the frequent fires that are destroying markets in downtown Kingston.

"We are getting too many reports about fires destroying the markets where thousands of vendors have to ply their trade daily," Whittingham told Loop News on Tuesday morning after an informal market was gutted by fire in the commercial district.

Reports reaching Loop News are that at around 3:30 am, vendors saw smoke coming from the commercial structure -  located in the vicinity of Darling and Pechon streets -.and raised an alarm.

Firefighters responded quickly but were unable to save the facility from being destroyed.

"This is like the third facility destroyed by fire in recent times, the Redemption Market was destroyed, sections of the Craft market was also destroyed and several others, all in the downtown, Kingston area," said Whittingham.

"We need to get to the bottom of these developments," he added.

 

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