Camana Bay fire ‘suspicious’

Cayman Islands Fire Service Inspectors said an investigation conducted this week indicates a fire that broke out Monday at the Camana Bay development was deliberately set.

‘We’re viewing it from…the perspective that it was of an incendiary origin,’ Fire Inspector Durley McLaughlin said Wednesday.

At press time, neither the fire service nor the Royal Cayman Islands Police were aware of anyone being arrested in connection with the incident.

The smoky fire started just after 5pm Monday. It caused minimal damage, and had no effect on the Camana Bay construction schedule, according to a press release from Dart Realty.

Dart Communications Manager Susanna Blackburn said flames broke out in a parking structure underneath what will be known as Restaurant Row when the development is completed.

Fire officials said the structure sustained no damage.

‘It was some building materials stored in one area, some insulation and stuff like that,’ Mr. McLaughlin said.

Flames were brought under control around 7pm Monday, less than two hours after the fire was reported. No one was hurt.

The Dart Realty release noted that all employees and contractors at Camana Bay are required to participate in rigorous safety training before entering the site. The company credited that training with making sure Monday’s fire was dealt with efficiently.

The company also credited the fire service for its efficient response.

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