Friday 10 July, 2020

WATCH: Burnt out Ray Ray vendors cry for help after another fire

Vendors at the Ray Ray Ground Market in downtown Kingston picking up the pieces after a fire destroyed their stalls late Monday.

Vendors at the Ray Ray Ground Market in downtown Kingston picking up the pieces after a fire destroyed their stalls late Monday.

Vendors at the Ray Ray Ground Market in downtown Kingston are at their wits' end after yet another fire at the facility.

Fire of unknown origin destroyed sections of the market, which is located along West Queen Street, late Monday. It left many vendors counting their losses, some of them literally in tears as they pleaded to the authorities for assistance, on Tuesday morning.

"We need some help (Prime Minister) Andrew Holness; we fed up now, we tired of the burn out," said one clothes vendor who said she has been operating at the market for 40 years.

"All of my clothes get burn out... we spend so much money to build our stalls, and cry and tears upon us this morning," the woman said.

Another vendor, who said all of her products were wiped out in Monday's blaze, threatened to take to the streets to protest.

"We ah stand up for this help. We can't bother with this no more. Unnu better come talk to we or else we are taking to the streets," said the vendor, who said she only recently restocked her stall with goods she purchased overseas. 

While firefighters continue their investigations to determine the source of the blaze, police believe arsonists were at work.

The law enforcement officers theorise that the facility was set ablaze by criminals who engaged the police in an hour-long gun battle in sections of west Kingston on Monday night.

It is believed that the criminals set the market ablaze to distract members of the security team, a police insider told Loop News.

Ray Ray Ground market has been razed by fire at least five times in the last two years.

 

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