Fire Service Thank Public After Yesterday’s Fires

December 11, 2013

The Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service thanked two members of the public for their assistance yesterday [Dec 10], which saw three fires occur in three different parishes. In two cases members of the public stepped in to assist — one using a fire extinguisher and another a garden hose — and fortunately no one was injured in any of the incidents.

All three fires were previously reported by Bernews; the first was a brush fire in St Davids, the second a small incident involving a dryer at a Smiths home, and the third a house fire in Paget.

At around 1.20pm a brush fire broke out near Southside Road in St David’s after dry brush made contact with a hot lawnmower exhaust pipe. Two fire trucks and six firefighters responded, and the fire took approximately 45 minutes to bring under control.

Slideshow of the scene at the St David’s brush fire:

Then at approximately 4:25pm firefighters responded to a report of a dryer on fire in the Cameron Close, Smith’s area to find that the fire was extinguished prior to their arrival by a member of the public.

Fire Service spokesperson Lieutenant Leonard Davis thanked Michael Terceira saying, “As a direct result of Mr. Terceira proper use of a fire extinguisher, the potential of the fire increasing was eliminated.”

At around 11:20pm the Fire Service received another call, this time a report of a fire at a 2-storey house near Bostock Hill East in Paget.

Five fire trucks with 13 firefighters responded, and Sergeant Danon McGowan said that when they arrived there was thick black smoke and flames coming from the dwelling.

Lieutenant Davis thanked off duty firefighter Nakia Pearson and an unknown bystander for their quick thinking in using a garden hose to contain the fire prior to the arrival of the Fire Service.”

Lieutenant Davis said, “This fire had the potential to be a lot worse had these two individuals not intervened.”

Slideshow of the scene in Paget last night:

The house was recently purchased and renovations were taking place, and it was unoccupied at the time of the fire. The Fire Service said the property has sustained structural damage and extensive smoke damage.

The renovations were almost complete, and the couple who just purchased the house had hoped to move in soon. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The Fire Service said that anyone interested in taking a Fire Extinguisher Training Course is encouraged to contact them at 292-5555.

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  1. Angela Hanwell says:

    I am the owner of the house in Paget and I want to take this opportunity to thank the neighbors who took swift action to get the fire under control. We were very lucky that they responded so quickly. Because of them the damage was contained. So thank you from the bottom of my heart. We are new to this neighbourhood and grateful to be a new member of this amazing community.

    • Ms Hanwell, Thank you for showing your gratitude and we are also thankful that there was no one that got hurt or injured.
      No one needs this type of thing happening to them at anytime and definitely not as the holidays approach,and if there is anyway that others can help in the clean up process please don’t be afraid to say so, as most residents in Bermuda still come to the aide of those in need.

      So please do not hesitate to let us know it you are need of help in the clean up process. Bernews has a great way of connecting folk just as Hott1075 does.