THE OPERATIONS of at least four businesses were affected yesterday after an early morning fire gutted two buildings at Grazettes Industrial Park, St Michael.
The fire, which reportedly started nearest to furniture manufacturer Matrix Marketing, was reported just before 6 a.m. It affected companies such as Glassfibre Products, Continental Foods Inc. and a woodwork shop.
Large plumes of black smoke could be seen from as far as Brandons Beach, St Michael, and because there were chemicals involved, the flames quickly intensified, causing explosions.
It took more than three hours for firefighters to get the blaze under control.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer Henderson Patrick told the DAILY NATION around 10:30 a.m. that the situation was so dire that 32 personnel, including senior officers, had to be called in.
“We had challenges with a number of chemicals that were stored in one of the buildings, but our officers were able to manage the situation so that there were no injuries,” he said. (TG)