Cause of Brac fire still under investigation

| 23/12/2008

(CNS): Fire and police officers investigating a blaze which damaged a tub grinder in Cayman Brac said today (Tuesday, 23 December) that at this time there is no evidence which suggests foul play. Despite some media reports alluding to vandalism and arson, specialists from the Fire Service and the RCIPS said they cannot yet confirm the cause of the fire.

“The scene has been thoroughly searched and processed by detectives from the Criminal Investigation Department, Scenes of Crime Department and by Fire Officers,” said Area Commander, Chief Inspector Patrick Beersingh. “Many statements have been taken and various samples of soil and vegetation are being analyzed for accelerants and other chemicals that may prove or disprove an offence.”

Further investigations are ongoing and statements continue to be taken. Other specialists, such as a mechanic, are also being considered to assist with the inquiry. “The investigation, and any conclusive determination on cause, may take some time,” said Acting Chief Fire Officer, Mr Steve Webster. “In the meantime, we cannot speculate about what started the fire.”

Anyone with information about crime taking place in the Cayman Islands should contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). All persons calling crime stoppers remain anonymous, and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000, should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.

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