Fire at Emilio Wilson Park early Monday morning –

CUL-DE-SAC — At around 6:30am this morning, just before the sun rose over the Cul de Sac basin, a blazing fire was captured on camera by a Saunders’ resident. The blazing fire was in the Emilio Wilson Park and a huge billow of smoke was emanating from this fire…Read More

William Marlin says landfill fire clear example why stability in government needed –

GREAT BAY — Former Prime Minister William Marlin says the disastrous and uncontrollable fire that has been blazing at the Philipsburg landfill since Sunday and the widespread effects it is having on residents in affected communities, is a clear example of why a stable government is urgently needed for St. Maarten…..Read More

Fire on the New Dumpsite/Hurricane Irma Debris. (UPDATED) –

POND ISLAND:— All streets leading to Pond Island were closed off by police due to the massive fire that started at the new dumpsite (Hurricane Irma debris) on Sunday afternoon February 4th. The Fire Department and other relevant departments who have been working through the night are doing their utmost to bring this situation under control and to finally put the blaze out. During the night many persons including families with children living on Pond Island were told to evacuate the area to avoid the inhalation of the heavy toxic smoke……..Read More

Landfill Fire: Persons with respiratory challenges advised to close windows and doors. –

GREAT BAY (DCOMM):— Part of the landfill on Pond Island is on fire.
The Fire Department is advising persons living downwind from the landfill fire, to close windows and doors, especially persons who have a respiratory challenge, and for persons who suffer from asthma, shortness of breath, or any other respiratory challenges….read more



Photo The Daily Herald

TDH – MARIGOT–The Go-Karting building in La Savane, Grand Case, located next to Gess Gas Station, was completely destroyed by fire on Monday morning, and one fire fighter was hospitalized after sustaining second degree burns.

The building was not occupied at the time and no other injuries were reported.

The two-level, 400 square-metre building that overlooks the racing circuit, caught fire at 11:30am. The Fire Brigade (pompiers) responded with three trucks and the fire was finally extinguished by 2:00pm, according to a spokesman. Some cars parked close to the building were also damaged by the heat and smoke.

The distraught owner of Go-Karting Stéphane, said everything was completely destroyed, including the thirty-five Go-Karts and the unique racing driver memorabilia in showcases on the first floor.

“I have absolutely no idea how the fire started, but it looks like it originated on the first floor,” he said. “Fortunately, nobody was in the building, because we were not open for business yet.”

Gendarmerie’s Capitaine Sylvain Jouault said an investigation has been opened to establish the cause of the fire, whether accidental or by criminal intent.

The blaze was perilously close to the adjacent Gess Gas Station, however, it has been closed for some time and probably gasoline storage and other flammable materials had already been removed.

Go-Karting opened for business four years ago and proved to be a popular leisure activity. The condition of the fire fighter was not known by press time.