The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Five fam­i­lies in the Westhall Group area of Vieux Fort lost their homes in a fire on Sun­day, July 26, 2015. The mid-af­ter­noon blaze in the com­mu­nity known as the Mangue en­tirely con­sumed the five houses, de­spite the best ef­forts of the Fire Ser­vice and res­i­dents who de­ployed hoses and buck­ets in an ef­fort to quell the inferno.

No ma­jor in­juries were re­ported, and no lives were lost.

On Mon­day, July 27, 2015, Prime Min­is­ter and Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Vieux Fort South, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. An­thony, vis­ited the site of the fire and met with the vic­tims and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity. He praised the res­i­dents for their coura­geous re­sponse to the con­fla­gra­tion, point­ing out that ad­ver­sity brings out the best in mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

Said Dr. An­thony, "In dis­tress­ing mo­ments like this, in mo­ments of dis­as­ter, the peo­ple of Vieux Fort al­ways come to­gether, work with each other, to pro­vide com­fort and help to each other. And I am grate­ful for that, al­ways very grate­ful for that. That's a mo­ment when ev­ery­body puts aside all their dif­fer­ences, as they seek to pro­tect each other.”

The fire ap­pli­ances had sub­stan­tial dif­fi­culty get­ting to the scene of the com­bus­tion, and Fire Ser­vice of­fi­cials have also ap­plauded the res­i­dents for their brav­ery and self­less­ness, which served to mit­i­gate the ex­tent of what still turned out to be a sub­stan­tial tragedy.

In the af­ter­math of what he de­scribed as "a ma­jor dis­as­ter" the Prime Min­is­ter called for public sup­port for the per­sons af­fected, who have suf­fered great ma­te­rial loss. He ex­plained that what is needed at this time is ba­sic as­sis­tance for essen­tials, such as clothes and food, as the in­di­vid­u­als in ques­tion seek to re­build their lives.

Said Dr. An­thony, "I want to take the op­por­tu­nity to ask Saint Lu­cians to reach out to the fire vic­tims. It's a very dis­tress­ing mo­ment for them. They're home­less and they're be­ing ac­com­mo­dated in other homes. They have lost ev­ery­thing, as you can see, their clothes, their per­sonal be­long­ings, fridges, stoves, beds, ev­ery­thing. So they're go­ing to need as much help as pos­si­ble."

Re­lief ef­forts are be­ing co­or­di­nated through Mr. Cyril Saltibus, Na­tional Vol­un­teer Co­or­di­na­tor. Mr. Saltibus can be reached via tele­phone at 4843244 or email vol­un­teer­info@

PM Kenny An­thony with Vieux Fort fire vic­tims.

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