Early morning on Monday, August 27, firefighters responded to a house fire at the northern side of Sand Banks, a Haitian shanty town near Treasure Cay, successfully extinguishing the flames; no one was injured as a result of the blaze.
Fire Chief of Abaco Crash, Fire and Rescue (located at Treasure Cay), Colin Albury, said that he received a phone call at about 8:30 a.m. on August 27 indicating that a house in Sand Banks was on fire.
He and the firefighters arrived on the scene finding a large house on the northern end of Sand Banks fully engulfed in flames. The five firemen worked quickly to extinguish the flames and according to the fire chief, returned to the station at about 10:30 am.
Mr. Albury said that it was fortunate for the community that the wind direction was blowing flames and embers in the direction of the nearby marls and not toward other homes. He said it was also a good thing that the home was not very close to other homes.