Montserrat’s Government offices closed due to fire

Several offices of the Government of Montserrat have been closed due to a fire on the main compound in Brades.

According to the Office of the Deputy Governor, the decision was taken to close the Human Resources Management Unit, the Treasury, Post Office, Customs, Inland Revenue, Health & Community Services, Education and Magistrates Courts following an early morning fire on Monday, December 03, 2012.

The Royal Montserrat Police Service assisted by the Fire & Rescue Service is investigating two separate scenes of a fire which are suspected as arson.

According to Acting Commissioner of Police Bradley Siddell, “RMPS officers discovered the fires while on routine patrol early Monday morning. Officers responded immediately by alerting the Fire Department.

“The preliminary investigation has revealed that both the Magistrate Court and High Court appear to have been “fire bombed” during the early morning hours of December 3rd (Monday morning).

“It appears that an accelerant was thrown into each building. Moderate damage occurred which has resulted in the closing of the Magistrate Court for today’s session. The High Court is presently adjourned. The investigation continues but as of yet no one is in custody and no persons have been charged,” Siddell added.

Logistical preparations are underway to have the Magistrate Court reconvene at an alternate location for this week. The fires have caused little disruption to the Justice process. The public is urged to contact the RMPS at Tel: 664-491-2555 with any information regarding the possible suspects of the crime.

All government offices are expected to reopen on Tuesday morning at 8am.

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