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Fire officials in Antigua and Barbuda have raised concerns over a series of fires that have been reported in abandoned structures across the country, which they believe are being deliberately set by arsonists.
The most recent incident occurred yesterday when a wooden structure located at the junction of North and Popeshead Street was destroyed by fire.
Despite the prompt response of firefighters from the St. John’s Fire Brigade, who were on the scene at around 5:45 pm, the structure was already engulfed in flames and could not be saved.
While the cause of the fire is currently unknown, fire officers have noted that vagrants often frequent the abandoned house.
This latest incident has highlighted the need for greater vigilance in the community, particularly in relation to abandoned structures that lack electricity connections. With the risk of further fires, it is important that everyone works together to keep their communities safe and secure.