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Drag Mall in Port of Spain gutted by early morning fire

An early morning fire in downtown Port of Spain has gutted several businesses and caused over a quarter million dollars in damages.

The fire started just after 9 am this morning.

Witnesses say they saw smoke coming from a closed booth and alerted the Fire Service. However, by the time they arrived, the fire had already consumed the entire building. The firefighters did manage to contain the blaze and stop the fire from spreading to the nearby New City Mall.

Police officer dies two days after setting himself on fire

Two days after he set himself on fire, SRP Gary Alexander has died.

Alexander, 62, of Jebodhsingh Trace, Fyzabad died during the early hours of Tuesday morning having sustained second degree burns to 90 per cent of his body.

During an interview yesterday, his daughter Shanice Alexander, 25, said they were awaiting the arrival of relatives from abroad before organizing Alexander's funeral.

Penal fire leaves retired school teacher & family homeless

A retired school teacher and her family are now homeless after a fire destroyed their three-story home at Syne Village, Penal Monday.

No one was at home when the fire started after midday but by mid-afternoon, the entire structure had burnt to the ground.

The flames were first spotted in the area of the kitchen but by the time firefighters arrived, it had spread to the entire upper floor.

Amilcar Franklyn said the house was occupied by his mother Marlene Turner-Franklyn and his sister Nathifa Franklyn. 

Plane carrying Saudi Arabia World Cup team catches fire in-flight

Saudi Arabia's official team plane caught fire in midair as they traveled to their World Cup match on Wednesday.

The Green Falcons, who fell to a 5-0 defeat at the hands of hosts Russia on the opening day of the World Cup, were on their way to Rostov in preparation for their second Group A match when the incident happened.

Flames were seen from the engine as the Russian Airlines Airbus as they flew in to take on Uruguay on Wednesday.

Happening Now: Huge fire breaks out in London's five-star Knightsbridge hotel

Fifteen fire engines and over 100 firefighters and officers have responded to a fire in Knightsbridge, central London, London Fire Brigade said. 

Thick plumes of black smoke could be seen billowing into the sky from the luxury Mandarin Oriental hotel on Wednesday afternoon.

The fire brigade said the cause of the blaze was not yet known, but confirmed 35 calls had been made to the fire. 

London Fire Brigade confirmed said: "Fifteen fire engines and 97 firefighters and officers have been called to a visible fire in William Street in Knightsbridge.

Mysterious fire destroys two Ministry of Works' vehicles

Employees of the Ministry of Works’ Caroni District office at Woodford Lodge in Chaguanas are calling for the re-implementation of a 24-hour security service on the compound, following Monday night’s incident where two vehicles were believed to have been deliberately set on fire.

The T&T Guardian was told by an eyewitness that at about 9.30 pm, smoke was seen coming from a Pajero SUV and within minutes the entire vehicle burst into flames.

Mother of two dies in house fire

A mother of two has been killed in a fire which destroyed her family's home.

The fire started around 12;15 am Tuesday.

Residents saw smoke coming out of the house, located at Immortelle Street, Princes Town and raised an alarm.

The occupants of the home, Anita Ramdath, her husband and two young children, attempted to escape.

However, the woman became trapped in the burning house.

Fire officers responded but were unable to rescue 31-year-old Ramdath.

Investigations are ongoing to determine the cause of the blaze.

 

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