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Fire destroys home in Acklins

Family Island News
For The Nassau Guardian

Published: May 22, 2013

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ACKLINS – The fire which destroyed a family home at Lovely Bay over the weekend, is being described by residents as one of the largest in recent memory on the island of Acklins.

At about noon on Saturday fire gutted the home of Jacklyn Simms.  The structure was totally destroyed.

The owner of the property is an employee of the National Insurance Board and a local business person.  A Ministry of Education teacher who lived in an adjoining building also lost some personal items as a result of the fire.

Roston Cox, local government chief for the Acklins District, told The Nassau Guardian the local administrator has already appealed to the central government for assistance to help the fire victim rebuild.

Alfred Gray, member of Parliament for MICAL, who was attending a local government conference in South Africa, was informed about the incident.

Cox said the local government board is looking at establishing a local fire brigade.

“Just last week a number of us were in discussion about acquiring an ambulance, and setting up a local fire brigade.  We realize that Acklins is a large island and that one fire truck would not be adequate so we are looking at three trucks, one for each area, south, central and north,” he said.

“In the interim we plan to approach water and sewerage department to see if we can use their trucks, so that we can start a fire drill at least once a month to prepare for any further disaster.  Thank God that there was no loss of lives.”

Hundreds of residents from all over Acklins rushed to the scene of the fire with buckets to lend a helping hand in an attempt to save the home at Lovely Bay.  A human chain with buckets was formed from the sea to the house.  However, the effort was unsuccessful.

This is the second major fire in Acklins in a matter of months.  In March, the gas station at Spring Point was destroyed by fire.

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