Two houses destroyed by fire in the space of two days

Two houses were destroyed by fire on Sunday afternoon and Monday morning – one at Forêt Noire and the other at La Misère respectively.

With regard to the La Misère fire on Monday, Jones Madeleine, public relations officer for the Seychelles Fire and Rescue Services Agency (SFRSA), noted that they received the call at around 8.32am and it took around ten minutes for firemen to get to the scene. However, they were not able to park the fire truck close to the house and it took them a few minutes to unroll the hose pipe.

“It took us about 15 minutes to get the fire under control and an hour to put it out completely. We had to use over 300 metres of hose pipe to reach the house,” said Mr Madeleine.

He added the living room area was not heavily affected compared to the rest of the house.

The district administrator for Grand Anse Mahé, Greg Leon, and the member of the National Assembly, Hon. Waven William, assisted in making arrangements for the family.

Mr William also thanked all parties involved in putting out the fire, adding that with the cooperation of the Seychelles Red Cross and the Agency for Social Protection (ASP) the family will be assisted.

He also noted that they are in talks with the ministry for housing to provide a temporary house for the family.

The house which was owned by Marguerite Joaneau and her family was partially destroyed in the fire.

The family of five is for the time being accommodated at the Reef Holiday Apartment at Barbarons.

Julina Albert, the owner of Reef Apartment, said that for years now they have been assisting fire victims with temporary housing, adding that they supply all the daily necessities the family needs and she is always in contact with district administrators.

Witnesses at the site of the fire said they saw heavy smoke coming from the house.

Jacqueline Larue, one of the neighbours, stated that some onlookers tried going into the house to save some furniture but were unsuccessful.

The fire at Forêt Noire on Sunday afternoon completely destroyed an empty house. The cause of the fire was accidental as the homeowner's son had set a small fire next to the house to burn rubbish and it got out of control.

Mr Madeleine said they received the call at around 3.30pm and dispatched three fire trucks and ten firemen to the house.

It took them around four minutes to get to the scene, 10 minutes to get the fire under control and 45 minutes to put it out completely.


Compiled by Christophe Zialor

Two fire incidents on Friday

A Pointe Larue family is left homeless after a fire completely engulfed their four- bedroom home Friday morning.

The home belonged to 65-year-old Marguerite Arissol who was inside the property with her disabled brother when the fire broke out. Both were temporarily trapped but they managed to escape unscathed.

Fire and Rescue Services were informed of the fire at 8.06am. Three vehicles with eleven personnel were dispatched to the incident and simultaneously the airport fire service was informed for assistance.

It took 3 hours for them to completely extinguish the flames as they had exhausted their water tank and did not have access to fire hydrants. Luckily for them they were able to access the PUC water supply through a pipe.

Daniella Arissol, the niece of the home owner, informed the press that they were unable to save any of their belongings.

The Assembly representative for Pointe Larue, Conrad Gabriel, promised that he will do everything he can to help the family. It is still not clear what started the fire.

A second incident occurred at 12.20pm where a fire was ignited at the landfill.

The fire department managed to put the fire under control and eventually extinguish it completely.

“When we got to the landfill we noticed that the fire had started as a result of some dump truck disposing flares at the landfill,” said Jones Madeleine, the spokesperson for Seychelles Fire & Rescue Services Agency (SFRSA).

He added that the public should not dump trash that is not allowed in the landfill as it can cause a fire as evident from last year's fire. Investigation is underway to identify the culprit.

Star Seychelles covered the area with coral fill once the fire was put out to prevent it from reigniting.

Fire under control at the Providence Landfill 2

A fire which started at the Landfill 2 at Providence yesterday afternoon has been put under control.

According to the Seychelles Fire and Rescue Services Agency (SFRSA), they were alerted of the fire at 3.22 pm and immediately a fire truck was dispatched.

The public relations officer of SFRSA, Jones Madeleine, noted that “once we arrived there, we realised that the fire was big enough so we called for back-up. We got another bowser immediately and the representatives of the Landscape and Waste Management Agency and STAR were also present to put the fire under control. While we were trying to extinguish the fire with water, STAR was covering it with coral fill and it took us 30 minutes to control the fire”.

Mr Madeleine noted that there was a lack of coral fill and until late in the evening four lorries of 20 tonnes were bringing the coral fill to cover the affected areas. Mr Madeleine believes the hot weather might have been a factor that triggered the fire.

Representatives of the Division of Risk and Disaster Management were also present at the site.


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Photo courtesy Jones Madeleine

Seychelles Fire and rescue services agency

Two new fire stations expected on Mahé

Two new fire stations, one at Anse Royale and the other at Anse Boileau, are expected to be built as part of government’s endeavour to improve fire and rescue facilities in the country.

Following an initial visit to the Seychelles Fire and Rescue Services Agency (SFRSA) headquarters at Latanier Road on November 18, the Minister for Internal Affairs, Errol Fonseka, visited the other Mahé-based SFRSA facilities on Thursday December 17 where he was briefed on the projects.

Seychelles Fire and rescue services agency

The minister’s delegation for the visit include principal secretary in the Designated Minister’s Office Sheryl Vengadasamy, chief fire officer Albert Rose, senior divisional officer Jones Madeleine and assistant divisional officer Terence Arnephy.

The delegation’s first visit was at the Anse Royale fire station project site, where a tour of the site was conducted, after which the minister was briefed on progress made on the construction, constraints that the project has encountered and remedial actions taken, as well as on what is required for successful completion of the project.

From Anse Royale, the delegation proceeded to the Anse Boileau fire post where a tour of station was also undertaken. Then the minister met the staff who were on duty and was briefed on the state of the structure of the building, the constraints involved in using the old police station as a fire station and the project to build a new fire station, including the proposed funding opportunity from a private donor.

On the same day, the delegation also visited the Beau Vallon life guard post. There, Minister Fonseka was introduced to the director of life guard services which is an extension of the SFRSA.

After a tour of the post, a meeting was held with staff on duty. Among the matters discussed were the constraints related to the use of a container as an office, the state of the container’s structure, the scheme of service for the lifeguard services and the Société Seychelloise d’Investissement (SSI) Beau Vallon Re-Development project to include a proper lifeguard station.


Seychelles Fire and rescue services agency

Minister Fonseka interacting with life guards

Police car consumed by fire in Port Glaud

The Seychelles Fire and Rescue Services Agency (SFRSA) has confirmed that fire has completely destroyed a police car at Port Glaud. The circumstances surrounding the fire are unclear.

Public relations officer Jones Madeleine said the Anse Boileau fire post received a call from the central police station about the incident at 10.14pm. A fire truck was dispatched and the fire was found well alight when it arrived at the scene at 10.30pm. It took approximately 10 minutes to completely extinguish the fire.

Lensidan dife dan en lizin Providence

De sispe i ganny arete

Lapolis in raporte ki 2 zonm sispe in ganny arete tar Vandredi apremidi an koneksyon avek sa ka kot en lizin ki ti ganny met dife ladan lo zone endistriyel Providence granmaten Mardi le 13 Oktob.

Enn sa sispe i reste Au Cap tandis ki lot i reste Ma Constance.

Tou le 2 sispe i ekspekte ganny anmenn ankour ozordi Lendi le 19 Oktob kot lapolis pou demande ki zot ganny rimann antretan ki zot kontinyen avek zot lanket.

Sa de sispe pa pe ekspekte ganny sarze ozordi. 

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Victoria, Mahe

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