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Coroner: HWP Fire Cause Was Accidental

Coroner: HWP Fire Cause Was Accidental

The Coroner, Mr. Archibald Warner has issued a statement saying the cause of the fire at Holmes Williams Purvey last year was accidental.The statement reads, “The Coroner, Mr. Archibald Warner having reviewed the Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service’s file concerning the investigation into the cause of the fire at Holmes Williams Purvey, 54, St.... Read more of this article

Drinking Water ‘All Clear’ After Fire

Drinking Water ‘All Clear’ After Fire

The Ministry of Health would like to inform the public that the final test results have now been processed from the Residential Tank Report, commissioned by the Department of Health, following the fire which broke out at the Holmes, Williams and Purvey (HWP) Head Office, Auto Showroom, Paint and Body Shop on St. John’s Road, Pembroke on August 8th,... Read more of this article

21 Employees Affected By HWP Job Cuts

21 Employees Affected By HWP Job Cuts

[Updated] As a consequence of the August 8th fire, HWP said they have “been required to lay off and to give notice to a number of its team members. The total number of staff affected is 21.” Jonathan Brewin, President and CEO, “We are not in a position to employ the same staff levels (as we did prior to the fire) due to the financial impact... Read more of this article

HWP Partners With Rayclan: Paint & Body Shop

HWP Partners With Rayclan: Paint & Body Shop

One week after the fire that destroyed HWP Group’s Paint & Body Shop on St. John’s Road, management and staff have worked hard to get the business back up and running in order to serve their customers. Whilst the sales and mechanical services departments have been able to get back to work, the body shop and all its equipment was destroyed and... Read more of this article

Water Sampling Underway After HWP Fire

Water Sampling Underway After HWP Fire

The Department of Health said today [Aug.12] that water sampling is underway for areas close to the HWP fire, and provided additional guidelines for residents in the area. The full statement follows below Immediately following the fire at HWP on Monday, the Department of Health began making arrangements for water to be sampled in the surrounding area.... Read more of this article

Video: Chief Fire Officer Hollinsid On HWP Fire

Video: Chief Fire Officer Hollinsid On HWP Fire

The Bermuda Fire Service continues to investigate the cause of the fire that destroyed the HWP building earlier this week. Speaking earlier today [Aug.11], Chief Fire Officer Vincent Hollinsid said, “The investigation is ongoing, they are making good progress. I meet with them on a regular basis just to be kept abreast of the developments.” He... Read more of this article

OBA Calls For Water Safety Tests After Fire

OBA Calls For Water Safety Tests After Fire

Shadow Minister for Health Dr. Kathy Michelmore has called on the Health Department to sample water from some of the homes directly in the path of the smoke from the HWP fire this past week. “Our main concern with the situation centres on the possibility that many residents downwind of the mid-afternoon fire did not block their roof downpipes... Read more of this article

HWP: “We Are Very Much Open For Business”

HWP: “We Are Very Much Open For Business”

Three days after the fire that destroyed the Paint & Body Shop and administrative facilities of HWP, operations are resuming for automotive and cycle sales, mechanical service, parts and cycle service. Jonathan Brewin, President & CEO, HWP Group commented, “The management team and the staff of HWP have been incredible. While we have massive... Read more of this article

Argus Group Statement On HWP Fire

Argus Group Statement On HWP Fire

Following the massive fire that destroyed part of HWP’s premises, the Argus Group extending its sympathies to HWP and all those affected by the fire, and reminding Argus policy holders affected by the fire to contact our Customer Service Centre. John Doherty, Executive Vice President, Property & Casualty, the Argus Group said: “The Argus... Read more of this article

HWP To Partially Open For Business Today

HWP To Partially Open For Business Today

[Updated] HWP plans to open for business today [Aug.10]- less than 48 hours after a fire ripped through their facility, destroying the building, over a dozen cars, and extensive interior furnishings and fittings. In a statement released yesterday CEO Jonathan Brewin said HWP “will be open for business from Wednesday morning, albeit on a restricted... Read more of this article

Asbestos Present In Back Of HWP Building

Asbestos Present In Back Of HWP Building

The Department of Health said it is not believed that the majority of the HWP building affected by the fire contained asbestos, however some was present in the very back of the building. The full statement from the Health Department is below: It is not believed that the majority of the HWP building affected by the fire contained asbestos. Some asbestos... Read more of this article

Videos/Photos: HWP Post-Fire

Videos/Photos: HWP Post-Fire

[Updated] The start of a large task is now underway – the work on the HWP Group Body & Paint Centre on St. John’s Road. Yesterday [Aug.8] flames tore through the building causing extensive damage to the property and automobiles, with the fire burning for over three hours.The road was opened late last night, and this morning the true extent... Read more of this article

Photos/Video: HWP Building After The Fire

Photos/Video: HWP Building After The Fire

[Updated with video] The morning after the massive blaze at HWP, locals are driving by slowly, many getting out of their cars for a better look at the building. Much of the roof has collapsed, with the interior of the car showroom decimated,  showing burned cars lined up in front of the shattered windows. Small amounts of smoke can still be seen emanating... Read more of this article