$40-million in losses as fire blazed on Ashenheim Road

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fire.jpgDespite the relentless efforts of 40 firefighters early Tuesday morning, a massive fire caused extensive damage to Ping's Fabric and Atlantic Hardware on Ashenheim Road in St Andrew.

Up to yesterday evening, the origin of the fire could not be determined. Firefighters had to cut through shutters and roofs to tackle the blaze, which later prompted the closure of the road.

Superintendent Andrew Russell, who heads the Kingston and St Andrew Division of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, says the situation at the premises should be brought under control and the road reopened today.

"At 12:55a.m. [Tuesday] the brigade received a call that a warehouse complex was seen engulfed in flames. It was six hours of rigorous firefighting. Six units from York Park, Half-Way Tree, Trench Town, Stony Hill and Spanish Town battled the blaze.

"The fire was confined to Ping's Fabric and Atlantic Hardware, but other establishments were also affected, like Chem Quip Limited and J. Tyson Catering. The relentlessness of firefighters prevented the fire from spreading to adjoining premises," he said.

Meanwhile, National Works Agency Communications Manager Stephen Shaw says that once the fire brigade gives the go ahead, Ashenheim Road will reopen.