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Fire at Ministry of Energy

The Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries at Tower C of the International Waterfront Centre was evacuated earlier today.

Reports reaching Guardian Media indicate at around 10.30 am the fire alarm sounded, which prompted workers to immediately vacate the building.

The Fire Services arrived on the scene shortly after.

Unconfirmed reports reaching Guardian Media indicate a small electrical fire occurred on the 24th floor of the building.

More on this story as information becomes available.

Republic Bank employee dies weeks after being burnt

A Republic Bank employee attached to the Valsayn Branch, identified as Seon Solomon, has died from injuries he sustained weeks ago.

Earlier this month, Seon Solomon got into an altercation with someone in the St Joseph area while liming.

Reports are the individual threw a flammable substance on Solomon, and then set him on fire.

Woman critical after house fire

A 28-year-old Customs officer is now warded in critical condition at the hospital after she sustained burns to her body in a house fire that she had allegedly ignited on Sunday.

According to a police report, a man, who also resides at her home at Carl Jones Street in Arima was also injured.

Police said that at about 4.20 pm the two were at home when they got into an argument.

The woman left the room, and returned with a bottle and poured the contents onto the floor then lit it. 

Within seconds, police said, the house was engulfed.

Curepe fire leaves 14 homeless

A Ja­maican na­tion­al and three Cubans are among 14 ten­ants left home­less af­ter fire gut­ted their apart­ment com­plex in Curepe on Mon­day evening.

One of the af­fect­ed ten­ants, pen­sion­er Jen­nifer Cock­burn, 66, told Guardian Me­dia at about 4.30 pm she was sit­ting in her ve­ran­dah lo­cat­ed down­stairs in the split lev­el build­ing when she heard a sound com­ing from an apart­ment above her.

Tanker catches afire along highway

Fire officials were able to stave off a major disaster when a fuel truck caught afire on the northbound lane of the Uriah Butler Highway on Thursday.

The truck caught afire near the Claxton Bay flyover around noon and the driver managed to escape without serious injury,

Fire officers responded and doused the vehicle with foam in order to container the fire which was restricted to the front of the tanker.

It is unclear where the tanker as wat the time carrying fuel.

Guardian Media's Rishi Ragoonath captured these photos.

Vehicle catches afire in Woodbrook

Fire officers were called to extinguish a fire which started suddenly in the tray of a pick of truck which was parked in Woodbrook.

Officers were initially called to Luis Street, Woodbrook amid reports from residents that a home on the street appeared to be on fire.

However, when they arrived they instead found a Nissan Frontier, parked in the driveway next to an apartment engulfed in flames.

The officers put out the blaze with minimal fuss. 

The owner of the vehicle and witnesses said they had no clue what caused the fire.

Three perish in early morning fire

Rajkumar Singh, 70, his wife Leela Singh, 68 and their son Shiva Singh, 35, were found on the upper storey of their Samaroo Street house by fire officers this morning after they had quelled the flames.

Neighbours were alerted to the situation shortly before 3am, when Rajkumar Singh was seen calling out for help from the front room of the upper storey.

Neighbours and fire officers attempted to come to the family's rescue with a ladder, but we're unsuccessful in their attempts to breach the fire in time.

EMA to probe La Brea chemical fire

While in­ves­ti­ga­tors say yes­ter­day’s mas­sive fire at Kaizen En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices did not re­sult in in­jury to work­ers or dam­age to prop­er­ty, there are con­cerns about the harm­ful ef­fects to the en­vi­ron­ment.

The En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Au­thor­i­ty (EMA) is ex­pect­ed to vis­it the waste-treat­ment fa­cil­i­ty in the La Brea In­dus­tri­al Es­tate to­day to de­ter­mine whether the com­pa­ny’s op­er­a­tions ad­here to its Cer­tifi­cate of En­vi­ron­men­tal Clear­ance.

Belmont fire contained

Of­fi­cers from the Bel­mont Fire Sta­tion have been fighting a blaze at an aban­doned building at Au­gus­tine Lane Bel­mont Wednesday morning. 

In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve the fire start­ed just af­ter 10 am and that it might have been de­lib­er­ate­ly set.

Fire­fight­ers have been able to con­tain the blaze from spread­ing to near­by homes.

Bel­mont po­lice are con­tin­u­ing in­quiries.

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