There were two major fires in Tobago on Wednesday night, and one property owner suspects the blaze could be a result of arson.
In the most recent incident, a house was gutted.
Officers from the Roxborough Fire Station were alerted around 8 pm Wednesday to a fire at the home of Junior Jackson at Castara.
By the time officers arrived at the scene, the building was engulfed in flames. Jackson, the lone occupant of the house, was not at home when the blaze started.
Divisional Fire Officer David Thomas said Jackson told them that he secured his property earlier in the afternoon before going to the beach for a swim, when he returned he met the structure on fire.
Fire officers said the homeowner suspects the fire could be arson resulting from a disagreement with a neighbour a few days before.
“At this point that is yet to be ascertained because investigations are still ongoing, unfortunately, the homeowner was not able to save anything and there is nothing to salvage.”
And over in Black Rock a three-storey warehouse belonging to Tobago businessman Christopher (Sco) Roberts was damaged by fire.
According to neighbours, at around 7 pm flames were observed coming from the roof of the building and the fire service was alerted. Divisional Fire Officer David Thomas said a crew was immediately dispatched.
“When we arrived officers we observed flames emanating from the top and we immediately took action. At one point there was some challenge with water but WASA was able to assist and we were eventually able to subdue the flames.”
Officer Thomas said investigations are on-going into the cause of the fire. Losses are estimated to be in the vicinity of $1.6 million as stock, as well as both the top and mid floors of the building, was damaged.
Roberts owns two groceries, one at Black Rock and the other at Scarborough, however, this is not the first time that he suffered losses due to fire as the Scarborough grocery was gutted in 2002. When contacted Roberts said he had “no comment at this time.”
No one was injured in the two fires and investigations are ongoing.