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Fire and emergency services here were stretched over the New Year’s holiday season, following several calls over the five day period.

According to deputy fire Chief Lambert Charles, several distress calls came from various parts of the island, particularly where fires are concerned.

But he singled out a warehouse fire at Massade Gros Islet on January 2nd which stretched the services of the fire service to its limits.

The facility was owned by Carrasco and Sons.

Other distress calls were made on the fire service following fireworks incidents which resulted in damage to the Coconut Bay hotel and the Sugar Beach Resort in Soufriere both occurring on January 1st.

In addition Mr Charles also reports that two house fires occurred over the weekend, as well as a boat fire. He notes however that while several road accidents were reported, they were not of a serious nature.

Meanwhile, The Deputy Fire Chief has commended patrons who attended the Assou Square festivities following what he describes as an uneventful two day period for emergency services.

The event which takes place annually on January 1st and 2nd returned to the Derek Walcott Square after several years.
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