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Quick Response from HTVFR Prevents Extensive Damage

Photo by Robbie Bethel
Photo by Robbie Bethel

Sugar Shack, a restaurant in Hope Town near the Post Office Dock, caught fire on the morning of October 12, but was brought under control due to the swift action of Hope Town Volunteer Fire and Rescue (HTVFR).

At About 10:10am the HTVFR were called to extinguish a fire which was reported to have started in the kitchen area of the second-floor restaurant.

Fire Chief Jamie Williams said according to the employee she arrived to the restaurant that morning to begin to prepare to open for lunch. It was reported that when she turned the oven on she heard a small explosion. She quickly turned off the power and gas to the building and after she believed she had extinguished the visible flames she went to get the owners of the business.

It was reported that when they returned the fire had spread and due to the amount of smoke they were unable to enter the building. They then called HTVFR who responded promptly with two trucks and fifteen volunteers and in just over an hour extinguished the fire.

Mr. Williams reported that the fire was basically contained to the kitchen area and there was fire damage to the area surrounding the kitchen as well as smoke damage. He noted that they used approximately 3000 gallons of water to extinguish the fire and although the fire was contained to the second-floor the bottom floor received water damage.

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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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