Fire on Gun Square leaves some without electricity

A fireman sprays water on the stairs and ceiling of the bottom floor of a house fire on Gun Square. - PHOTO: JEWEL LEVY

One resident of a Bodden Town apartment complex was forced to move out and others are without electricity after a stairway and a carport ceiling caught fire on Sunday. No one was injured.

Fire officers, police and medics responded to the house fire around 3 p.m.

Officers found a section of a stairway and parts of the ceiling of the first-floor apartments engulfed in flames, but were able to quickly extinguish the fire.

Neighbors called 911 after a Cuban national living in one of the rooms on the second floor of the two-story wooden complex discovered the fire and ran to get help.

“I heard the young man shouting for help,” said Emil Watler, who was resting in the Harry McCoy park at the time.

“He couldn’t speak much English, but he knew enough to say ‘Fire, fire, call police,’” Mr. Watler said. “At first I didn’t know what was taking place until he said ‘house fire.’”

Mr. Watler said he ran to the top of Gun Square with the man and alerted a passerby who called 911.

Spectators arrived but could only stand by and watch the building burn because there was no hose or water on the premises to extinguish the fire, according to another tenant.

People started shouting for the Cuban man from the house to remove his car from the driveway near the carport. “No can move, no gas,” he said walking around the crowd with his hands on the top of his head. Fire officers arrived before much damage was done to the car. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.