A leak sprung from the hose as fire­fight­ers worked to douse the Queen’s Col­lege field after flames had en­gulfed it early yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Stabroek News Sunday - - FRONT PAGE -

Fire­fight­ers were yes­ter­day forced to put out a grass fire that was lit on the Queen’s Col­lege field, re­sult­ing in clouds of heavy smoke that cov­ered sur­round­ing ar­eas and af­fected vis­i­bil­ity along nearby roads.

The fire was started around 9.30 am and spread across the field, where it also threat­ened the wooden build­ing used as liv­ing quar­ters by the grounds­men.

The Guyana Fire Ser­vice was alerted and fire­fight­ers who re­sponded quickly put out the fire. Four fire ten­ders was dis­patched.

When Stabroek News ar­rived at the scene, the fire was al­ready un­der con­trol and was be­ing mon­i­tored by fire­fight­ers.

Fire ser­vice of­fi­cials at the scene told Stabroek News that they spoke with Prin­ci­pal Jackie Benn, who re­port­edly re­lated to them that she was granted per­mis­sion by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion to burn the grass on the field.

Stabroek News had pre­vi­ously re­ported that a full restora­tion of the field was ex­pected to be done but it was de­layed be­cause the school board was await­ing ap­proval from a gov­ern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion for use of the ma­chin­ery.

The per­mis­sion was later granted and works had only com­menced on the field on Thursday.

How­ever, large heaps of grass were left to be re­moved and in­stead of us­ing the nec­es­sary equip­ment to do such, the de­ci­sion was re­port­edly taken to burn the grass in­stead.

Benn, how­ever, re­fused to com­ment on the in­ci­dent.

Chair­man of the school’s board Al­fred Granger, when con­tacted by this news­pa­per yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, said he was un­aware of the in­ci­dent. Granger, how­ever, promised to find out what re­ally tran­spired.

This news­pa­per was pre­vi­ously in­formed that the to­tal cost for the con­tracted works, which are ex­pected to be com­pleted within two weeks once started, is $1.4 mil­lion. The planned works in­clude slash­ing, plough­ing, and lev­el­ling of the field.

Granger had pre­vi­ously re­lated that the field’s main­te­nance will be funded by the school’s board, with sup­port from mem­bers of the Queen’s Col­lege alumni.

(Photo by Keno Ge­orge)

Fire­fight­ers putting out the fire. (Photo by Keno Ge­orge)

The field after the fire was put out. (Photo by Keno Ge­orge)

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