Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said the Police have indicated that there is a reasonable suspicion that the fire which occurred this morning at the Public Works compound at Arnos Vale was an act of arson.
The Prime Minister was speaking at a press conference this morning even as fire fighters were continuing to battle the blaze.
The Prime Minister said it is unlikely that the fire could have could have been as a result spontaneous combustion.
The fire broke out early this morning in the building which serves as a storage facility for building material and hardware supplies for the Government.
The fire at the Public works complex comes on the heels of attempts to Fire Bomb the St. Vincent Electricity Services (VINLEC) head office at Paul’s Avenue in Kingstown.
Police said On Monday, January 4th, 2016, at 12:25 a.m., members of the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force responded to a report that a suspicious material appearing to be rubber was seen burning on VINLEC’s Paul’s Avenue compound.
On arrival, charred remains of a cloth like material and fragments of a burnt bottle were found lying on the grass in the yard. There was also odor of flammable fumes coming from the fragments.
The police added that a similar incident took place on January 1st 2016, when a security guard at VINLEC’s Paul’s Avenue compound discovered a Molotov cocktail (flambeaux), behind VINLEC’s office building.