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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.