CARIDOC fire estimated to be in the multi-millions

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CARIDOC fire estimated to be in the multi-millions

Losses are estimated to be in the millions of dollars following a fire at CL Marine’s Caribbean Dockyard and Engineering Services Ltd, known as Caridoc, in Chaguaramas on Friday.

The blaze began around 8am and engulfed a storage area containing 65 rolls of fibreglass materials, which is used by oil and gas companies to sheath their drilling pipes

The fire was eventually brought under control by firefighting units and there were no reported injuries.

Northern Division Assistant Chief Fire Officer Sampson said while fibreglass was not inherently flammable, it posed significant challenges due to potentially unknown materials mixed with it.

“We were unsure of what else is embedded within the material that caught on fire as Caribbean Dockyard had not yet disclosed what else was there that could be burning.”

Sampson said officers utilised a mix of foam, seawater and freshwater to fight the blaze.

Initially, Deputy Chief Fire Officer Andy Hutchinson said: “The cause has not yet been determined but the investigation is underway.”

However, reports later confirmedd that employees at the Caribbean Dockyard (Caridoc) compound on Western Main Road, Chaguaramas, tried to remove the beehive using fire, which sparked the blaze.