Arsonist torch businessman’s trailer trucks

Arsonist torch businessman’s trailer trucks

A businessman is lamenting the loss of two 40-ft trailer trucks which may have been torched during an arson attack.

Shiva Balkaran, who owns Shiva Transport, planned to use the trucks as music trucks for Carnival next Monday in Port-of-Spain. He said the trucks are usually parked in an open area in Monkey Town. But on Sunday night, when he and a colleague left to visit another truck, he got a call that two of his trucks were on fire.

He said, “When I reached down here I called Shel­don and we had no choice but just to watch it finish burn down.”

He said the fire officers who responded to the blaze suspected arson as they found accelerant on the trucks’ door.

Balkaran said he lost an estimated $900,000.

Police are continuing investigations.