Fire In One Of The Remand Cells At Westgate

March 10, 2020 | 1 Comment

[Updated] There was a fire in one of the remand cells at the Westgate Correctional Facility this morning [March 10], with the fire extinguished by Corrections Officers, while the BF&RS “attended to ensure the safety and security of the area.”

Minister of National Security Wayne Caines said, “First and foremost I want to thank the swift actions of the Corrections Officers on duty this morning, as well as the Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service for their safety efforts.

“The Ministry was advised of the incident which involved a fire in one of the remand cells. Quick acting Corrections Officers extinguished the fire, and the BF&RS attended to ensure the safety and security of the area.

“There were no injuries as a result of the incident. All inmates were moved to the recreation field until the BF&RS deemed it safe to return to the interior of the facility. As the public can appreciate we are currently thoroughly investigating the cause of the matter.”

Update 6.33pm: A BFRS spokesperson said, “At 10:06am Fire Service dispatch received a call reporting a fire having occurred in one of the Remand Cells at the Westgate Prison Facility, #2 Pender Road Sandy’s.

“BFRS responded with four appliances with a total of seven firefighters from Port Royal Station and Hamilton Station.

“Prior to the arrival of the fire service the fire was extinguished by prison officers using a dry chemical extinguisher.

“Upon arrival of the BFRS fire crews found a prison cell filled with heavy smoke. The officer in charge instructed firefighters to set up a smoke extractor to aide in removing the smoke.

“After investing the incident it was determined that the fire was isolated to an electrical outlet in an inmate’s cell .

“There were no injuries resulting from the incident.”

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  1. Pay me says:

    We’re there’s smoke there’s fire!!

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