KSAMC to respond quickly to Papine Market Fire

Mayor of Kingston, Senator Delroy Williams has indicated that the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) will be moving quickly to make repairs to the Papine market following a fire which occured between late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.

The mayor stated that he is grateful that the damage was contained to one section of the market and grateful that there was no loss to life.

“The priority for us at the KSAMC at this point is relocating the displaced vendors. About 15 vendors were affected by the fire and our Engineers are working assiduously to ensure that we can reorganize the space to accomplish them so they can earn an honest living;” Williams explained.

The Mayor assessed the market at approximately 11:20 this morning joined by Member of Parliament for the area; Fayval Williams and KSAMC Councillors Andrew Bellamy, Duane Smith, Venesha Phillips and Jermaine Hyatt.

Williams outlined that the Papine market was one of the markets earmarked by Minister of Local Government Desmond McKenzie for refurbishing to the tune of 48 million dollars.

“We have been designing and planning upgrades for the Papine Market to make it a more commercially welcoming space, so this is most unfortunate however it will underscore the urgent need for the development to take place.

“We are on the final stages of repairs and improvements on the Red Rose Fish Market and the Jubilee Market. It has been an area of focus for the KSAMC with other markets to follow. We have been increasing security and one system we have been considering is the installation of fire-sprinklers given the frequency of these fires;” the mayor explained.

The Redemption Market, Ray Ray Ground Market and the Kingston Craft Market were all afflicted by fire in 2017.

The mayor went further to state that engineers from the KSAMC led by Mr Xavier Chevannes were organizing the removal of debris from the site and devising the best way to reorganize the market to accommodate the afffected vendors.

Staff Reporter

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