Fire wrecks Barbados furniture company

(Barbados Nation) One of Barbados’ most renowned furniture manufacturing companies was destroyed in an early morning fire today.

The fire at Workbench Furniture Limited started just before 3 a.m., and officials of the Barbados Fire Service (BFS) finally brought it under control more than three hours later.

But even after 10 a.m. , as motorists drove past the razed building on the Spring Garden Highway, smoke could still be seen coming from several areas along the western side the complex.

The walls of large building were still upright, but it was clear the business had been gutted.

Public relations officer of the Royal Barbados Police Force, Inspector David Welch, said that even after the blaze had been brought under control around 6.10 a.m. firemen and police remained at the scene to ensure no further flare-ups.

Welch said, the building, owned by the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC), was insured.

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