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Praise for rescuers in aftermath of fire

An investigation has been launched into a blaze that swept across Devonshire Marsh at the weekend.

A patch at the northern verge of the marsh along Vesey Street continued to smoulder yesterday morning, despite heavy rain on Sunday.

The Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service, which has started preliminary enquiries, dealt with the hotspot.

Carolann Terceira of Noah's Ark pet and feed store gave “full kudos” to the fire service for battling the fire at Marsh Lane, where flames came close to businesses.

Ms Terceira said the marsh has burnt before but “this seemed much more intense and there were moments that felt really touch and go”.

“It was really challenging, but they handled it well, and calmly, and were able to incorporate help from the public in just the right way.”

The fire broke out on Saturday morning and nearly 100 firefighters battled to contain flames fanned by high winds.

Ian Truran, president of the Bermuda Equestrian Federation, said horses from Sea Horse Stables were safely back and well after they were evacuated.

He added horses and ponies were moved to other stables as a precaution as the fire grew more intense.

Mr Truran said: “Many hands all worked together and because of the overwhelming support from the equestrian community and the community overall, the horses and ponies were safely relocated.

“I would certainly commend the BFRS.

“They were able to contain the fire and prevent it from spreading in critical areas.”

He added: “We cannot express our gratitude enough to everyone who helped.”

BFRS attended a small brush fire at a bus layby near Victor Scott

Primary School in Pembroke last night.

Two vehicles were dispatched and the blaze was extinguished in about ten minutes.

Overview of the burnt marsh from a business on Marsh Lane (Photograph by Jonathan Bell)

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Published March 20, 2018 at 9:00 am (Updated March 20, 2018 at 2:32 pm)

Praise for rescuers in aftermath of fire

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