Residents want fire station in Kellits area

Residents in a section of Clarendon Northern said a fiery death in the constituency last Saturday has highlighted the need for a fire station to be established in the area – either at Kellits or Croft’s Hill district.

They lamented that the fast-developing town of Kellits, as well as many heavily populated neighbouring communities, have to rely on the already over-burdened Linstead Fire Station in St Catherine.

That fire station is about one hour drive away from the town of Kellits, using mainly narrow winding roads.

One resident of Clarendon Northern, Vileta Anderson, opined that, by the time fire personnel in Linstead travel to a scene in or around Kellits, many properties would already have been destroyed and lives lost.

“If any fire start here, by Linstead fi come, it would already burn out. We need a fire brigade in either Croft’s Hill or Kellits,” she said.

Anderson’s concern and proposal were echoed by other constituents who, on Saturday morning, converged at Georges Hill district where an elderly man – Alvin Seville, perished in a house fire. Only the bone structure of his upper body was still in tact when the smoke cleared.

“If the fire brigade was nearer, him wouldn’t burn that bad,” Anderson lamented.

The residents called for their Member of Parliament, Horace Dalley, to swiftly take the lead in ensuring that a fire station is established closer to Kellits.


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