Police station closed by fire

The George Town Police Station remained closed Thursday following a fire that broke out in one of the prison cells there Wednesday morning.

There was no word on a cause for the blaze, but fire crews said the fire appeared to have started in a cell that housed a single prisoner.

That prisoner and a total of ten police officers ended up being hospitalised in the wake of the fire. All ten officers had been released from hospital by Thursday morning; the prisoner remained in hospital.

The police prisoner was in the critical care unit in stable condition with burns to the left side of his face.

After all other police officers and support staff made their way from the smoke-filled building Wednesday, a further nine officers reported feeling unwell and were taken to the Cayman Islands Hospital for treatment. The police inspector in charge of the shift at the station had already been taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.

Close to three dozen people had to be evacuated from the George Town Police Station Wednesday morning.

Neither the police station’s potential reopening date nor the extent of the damage from the fire was known.

Police staff have been relocated to nearby Elizabethan Square pending further assessments of the police station building by the fire service and planning department.

“The fire has not impacted on normal policing services and members of the public can still contact staff either in person or via the phone,” read a press release from the RCIPS released Thursday.

Police advised that a temporary front desk has been established on the 3rd floor of Elizabethan Square. This is where member of the public should go if they want to report any matters in person.

If anyone wishes to contact George Town police staff by phone they should use the following numbers 949-4222 / 943-4311.

GT Police station fire

Police officers guard the area where fire broke out Wednesday. Photo: Brent Fuller
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