Late-night Saturday fires that gutted a George Town apartment and damaged an SUV parked just outside the building appeared suspicious, but police and fire crews could not immediately confirm the causes of either blaze.
The Royal Cayman Islands Police said a fire at 53 Seymour Road was reported after 9 p.m. Saturday.
“We’ve certainly got both of these fires under investigation,” said RCIPS Chief Inspector Brad Ebanks.
Both a Chevrolet SUV and a downstairs apartment at the two-story complex were heavily damaged by the fires. Cayman Islands Fire Service crews were inspecting two upstairs units where the outside of the structure appeared to have been scorched by flames to see if any damage had occurred there.
Police reports indicated that the vehicle fire was reported initially and responders subsequently discovered that the downstairs apartment was on fire. Both fires were extinguished with no injuries reported.
Complex owner Eduardo Bodden said the man who lives in the downstairs apartment is the Honduran caretaker of the apartments, but said he had not heard from the man in “a few weeks.” Mr. Bodden said he believed the SUV outside the home also belonged to the absent caretaker.
A total of three people lived upstairs in two separate units, Mr. Bodden said. He was unsure as of press time Sunday as to whether it would be safe for them to remain at this stage.
Mr. Bodden said he was not sure of how either fire started.