Trinidad and Tobago — A bush fire raging opposite Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessars private residence failed to stop hundreds of supporters flocking to a meeting of the Peoples Partnership and a mobilisation meeting of the United National Congress yesterday.
From around 2 p.m. the fire, which burned at several points of some four hectares of empty and uncultivated land near SS Erin Road, took fire-fighters approximately an hour and a half to bring under control.
Clouds of thick smoke billowed on to Persad-Bissessars residence and covered vehicles parked along the SS Erin Road in ashes.
Acting Fire Station Sub-Officers Anthony Baboolal and Suresh Soondar led several fire officers of the Mon Repos Fire Station to the area with two water tankers. A Water and Sewerage Authority tanker also assisted in providing a water supply to contain the blaze.
Soondar said he believed persons had set fires at different points in land several hundred feet from the roadway, and strong winds and dry conditions fed the flames.
Around 3 p.m., as the fire raged on the roadway and threatened electricity lines, police officers diverted traffic from SS Erin Road through Estate Road, but within half an hour the road was again open to traffic.