GUYANA: Fire At Laparkan Trading Company and Tropical Shipping Company in Georgetown

— GNIC fire-ravaged property had no fire prevention equipment

The Guyana Fire Service on Monday said the Guyana National Industrial Company  (GNIC) building that housed the Laparkan and Tropical Shipping bonds had no fire fighting equipment.

“In this particular instance the facility did not have any means of fire prevention.

There were no smoke detectors, fire extinguishers or fire hoses installed in the building,” the Fire Service said.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known but the fire service said both Shipping companies incurred huge losses.           

The Guyana Fire Service said it received a call at 11:37 Sunday about the fire at the two storey wooden, concrete and steel building owned by Guyana National Industrial Company and used by shipping companies, namely Tropical Shipping Company and Laparkan Trading Company.

As a result of the fire Tropical Shipping Company sustained water damage and minor fire damage. Additionally, propane cylinders, a quantity of barrels containing food stuff, clothing, household appliances and other items were destroyed, the Fire Service added.

Meanwhile, Laparkan Trading Company suffered the loss of one Bobcat machine, a quantity of office furniture, gas cylinders, crates of energy drinks, three 40 feet containers containing electrical cables and flex hoses, three electrical transformers and three 40 feet refrigeration containers.

Eleven vehicles were also destroyed while five were severely damaged and three others were slightly damaged.

The fire tenders and fire boat  brought he fire under control and subsequently extinguished it.

The Fire Service reminded that smoke detectors and sprinkler systems play a major role in preventing fires, while fire extinguishers are useful in putting out small fires.

Fire destroys Laparkan’s bond

An early Monday morning fire destroyed the La Parkan bond on Lombard and Broad Streets, Georgetown, destroying millions of dollars in imported goods as well as the facility itself, officials said.

The cause of the blaze at the decades-old metal facility was not immediately known.

Many vehicles were destroyed and the contents of a number of shipping containers were also burnt.

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  • Cheryl Smith  On 01/18/2022 at 12:13 am

    Very sad! Why are so many fires occurring? 🤔

  • wic  On 01/18/2022 at 1:34 am

    A very fair question with the true answer being frightening. Notwithstanding, one would have expected better of the La Parkan group but perhaps the founders have long retired, while the current operators are incompetents. Not likely, the insurers will pay up easily.

  • Vernon LaFleur  On 01/24/2022 at 10:12 pm

    How sad, I regularly use this Company so I send them my sympathy.

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