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An illegally set fire which began in the bush behind the government clinic on Don MacKay Blvd sparked over three days of firefighting with businesses, homes and schools being threatened by the blaze.

Bush fire threatens businesses and homes: Firemen concerned by amount of used needles discarded behind clinic

 

Above: Sgt. Paul Johnson, rep. for fire services with the Abaco Police, eyes the smoldering blaze.
Above: Sgt. Paul Johnson, rep. for fire services with the Abaco Police, eyes the smoldering blaze.

An illegally set fire which began in the bush behind the government clinic on Don MacKay Blvd sparked over three days of firefighting with businesses, homes and schools being threatened by the blaze.

On May 7 at about 1:30pm a call was received about a bush fire behind the Marsh Harbour Government Clinic which was quickly extinguished; however, the fire blazed again and firemen were called back just after 4pm as the thicker bush was now ablaze.

The fire appeared to have been started from a pile of debris just outside the clinic’s fence and despite reports made no suspect was picked up in relation to the incident. Firefighters were also concerned with the amount of vials and needles seen in the bush behind the clinic.

For three days firefighters battled blazes around a number of businesses and homes between Don MacKay Blvd and Sweeting’s Village residential area.

On Thursday, May 8, sparks from the blaze jumped the road and the bushes next to and behind St Francis de Sales School caught fire spreading the fire department’s resources out and adding to the difficulty.

The fire department responded with all vehicles and was able to prevent damage to properties throughout the fire and had brought it under control by late Friday.

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About Timothy Roberts

Timothy Roberts

Timothy had his first venture into Journalism just months after graduating from Queen’s College in Nassau taking his first job with The Tribune in 1991 leaving in 1992 for other pursuits.

During his time in Nassau he diversified his experiences working as a warehouse manager, locksmith and computer technician before returning to Abaco, a place he has always considered home, in 1999.

He joined the staff of The Abaconian in 2001 doing graphic design and writing an opinion article called Generally Speaking and after a brief time away, returned to The Abaconian in 2010 as a reporter, graphic designer and computer technician.

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