FIRE ripped through the compound of Blue Waters located off the BWIA Boulevard in Piarco yesterday morning, causing “a few million dollars” in damage but up to press time neither the fire officers or the company’s owner could say what caused the fire.
According to Dominic Hadeed, president of the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers Association (TTMA) and managing director of the bottled-water company, “the fire started around 10 a.m. and was in an area where we store our wooden pallets and so on”.
He added that a warehouse for Fabric Land which is located on his compound almost caught fire but fire officers arrived in time to keep the blaze from spreading to other buildings.
He said for the last two months they were in the process of moving over to their new factory in Macoya but still had a number of items, including raw materials for their bottles and cases of empty plastic bottles.
Attempts were made to put out the blaze with fire extinguishers by some of the employees but within minutes they were overwhelmed.
Officers from the Tunapuna and Arima Fire Stations responded to the blaze and are continuing investigations along with the Arouca police. —Gyasi Gonzales