50 years ago: Exploding fridge damages home

In the Dec. 29, 1965 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a predecessor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent A.B. Hunter wrote:

“Shortly before midnight on Sunday last, the house of Mrs. Dorrit McLean of Pedro was partially destroyed by fire. The fire was ignited by an exploding refrigerator and completely destroyed the kitchen and its contents and a substantial part of the roof. Fortunately, most of the contents of the house were removed and saved. Damage is estimated to be about 500 pounds and is understood not to be covered by insurance.”

Mr. Hunter also reported on a number of traffic accidents during the holiday period, writing: “Christmas 1965 has come and gone, leaving in its wake the world over, hundreds of traffic fatalities. Fortunately, for Bodden Town, we had no fatality; nevertheless, we had our fair share of traffic accidents. Shortly after 3 a.m. on the morning of Dec. 23, Miss Carolyn Hislop parked her car in the vicinity of Mr. Michael Watler’s home at Pease Bay to attend a meat stall. A few minutes afterwards, a car owned and driven by Mr. Hubert Reid of George Town ran into the back of it, inflicting extensive damage to the latter. Mr. Michael Watler was driving his car in the vicinity of Mr. Orman Whittaker’s home in this town when it left the road. The car mounted a mound of rocks where it came to a rest. …

“During the course of last week, the Shell oil truck of Mr. Gurney Panton, driven at the time by an employee of his, left the road abreast of the Betty’s Bay Pond, ending up in the pond.”


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