A firefighter observes the scene of the fire amid smoke.
At least 10 people are homeless following a massive fire that destroyed their dwellings in Mount Salem, St James on Friday.
Reports are that an alarm was raised just minutes before 12 pm after smoke was seen coming from an apartment building in which most of the persons affected lived. A resident of one of two neighbouring houses that also caught fire told Loop News that the blaze got his attention after he heard his mother shout, 'Fire! Fire!'.
He said several of his neighbours used buckets of water in an effort to extinguished the blaze before two units from the Freeport Fire Department arrived on the scene. They were also assisted by members of the Jamaica Defence Force.
The damage is estimated at around $4.3 million.
Mount Salem is one of two communities across the island currently designated a Zone of Special Operations; the other being Denham Town in Kingston.