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Updated: More Than 200 Cars Burned In Strachan’S Auto Blaze

Strachan's Auto on Soldier Road pictured on Monday after Sunday night's fire.

Strachan's Auto on Soldier Road pictured on Monday after Sunday night's fire.

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The fire on Sunday night.

By MORGAN ADDERLEY

Tribune Staff Reporter

madderley@tribunemedia.net

A FIRE erupted at the Strachan’s Auto compound on Soldier Road late Sunday night where more than 200 cars were said to be ablaze.

Yesterday, Police Fire Services chief, Superintendent Walter Evans told The Tribune that officials received reports of the fire shortly after 9pm.

The initial fire truck that responded met a “large number of vehicles” aflame.

Subsequently, all units in New Providence were called to assist with the blaze, including off duty officers.

“We formulated a strategy to prevent the fire from spreading toward the buildings, the homes on eastern side,” Supt Evans said. He added that some of the closest homes were 50 feet away.

Firefighters also had to contend with Bahamas Power and Light electrical lines. Power was turned off, while Water and Sewerage assisted by increasing water pressure in the area.

After about two and a half hours, the flames were brought under control.

According to Supt Evans, approximately 200-250 cars were on fire. When asked for a total number of cars in the compound, he could only estimate “much more than that” figure.

He said the cause of the blaze is still being determined at this time. However, there were no reported injuries.

He added that information about the fire is being “transferred to the relevant agencies” on behalf of the effected homes and businesses in the area.

This blaze occurred a little over five years after another “inferno” took place at the junkyard adjacent to the auto shop.

According to police reports, around 4.30pm on June 24, 2013, firefighters found “several areas” of Strachan’s Auto property, containing a large number of derelict vehicles, engulfed in flames.

Five fire trucks battled the flames which were fed by hundreds of scrap cars in the auto shop’s junkyard and threatened several homes nearby. The fire was brought under control around 11pm.

At the time, residents said the scrap yard, which has been there for over a decade, had caught fire “some two or three years” earlier.

On June 26, 2013, then-Garden Hills MP and Speaker of the House of Assembly Kendal Major said he was in talks with the owner of Strachan’s Auto.

Dr Major expressed concern about the smoke damage to nearby houses, any health issues caused by the fire and smoke, and said he was planning a meeting with the owner about the possibility of relocating.

At the time, Dr Major said the owner was “very much interested in aligning with the government about possibly relocating”.

Photos: Terrel W Carey/Tribune Staff

Comments

alfalfa 1 year, 11 months ago

This has happened several times before. It is about time that this place needs to be closed and relocated out of the area which has residential sub-divisions all around it. A huge junk yard where it should not be.

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JohnDoes 1 year, 11 months ago

This always happens. I believe the last time it did was in 2013 and it was pretty serious. That business is known for massive fires & always around the same each year. Business must be booming because despite these massive fires, they are always open.

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sealice 1 year, 11 months ago

You all need to watch how you talk about this next thing you know Fred Smith ga be like Ya'll know Junk Yards have rights too......

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Well_mudda_take_sic 1 year, 11 months ago

And who will pay for the clean up, or will this royal mess be allowed to remain an eye sore for many many years to come?

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bogart 1 year, 11 months ago

SHEER STUPIDITY.....AFTER FIRST OR SECOND MAJOR FIRES THIS VEHICLE SALVAGE DISPOSAL DEPOT .?? SHOULD HAVE BEEN CLOSED DOWN...,!!!!!....PERSONS RESPONSIBLE SHOULD BE FORCED TO STAND IN CLOSE PROXIMITY WHILE PERSONS AFFECTED BY THE SMOKE LIGHT BONFIRES NEAR DEM MADE UP WID CAR TIRE....PLASTIC DASHBOARDS....plastic rear lights...USED OIL FILTERS....EXHAUST MUFFLERS.....WASTE ENGINE OIL.....CAR ELECTRICAL WIRES..f...CAR RADIOS...VYNAL RUBBER .....CAR PAINT.....AND THROW IN A FEW GASOLINE FILTERS AND SOME GAS TANKS IN DA FIRE........GUARRANTEED AFTER A HALF HOUR.... WILL HAVE BEHAVIOUR MODIFICATION ...TO HAVE CONSIDERATION FER ODDER NEIGHBOURS AND OTHERS WHO INHALE DIS CONCOCTION.....NEARBY AND MILES AWAY AS DA WIND CARRIES CONTAMINANTS.....,!!!!! .......PORE PEOPLE TIRED A PAYING FER ODDER PEOPLE SLACKNESS PERSONS RESPONSIBLE MUST BE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE ....AN MADE TO CLEAN UP ALL CONTAMINANTS AN PAYS FER THE CONTINUOUS USE OF PORE TAXPAYING ASSETS FIRE TRUCKS AN SALARIES OF SKILLED FIRE MANPOWER...,!!!!....

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