Stalls destroyed at Potter’s Cay after boat catches fire

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Tribune Business Editor


A FIRE destroyed three stalls at Potter’s Cay Dock yesterday and significantly damaged two others.

A small vessel reportedly caught fire shortly after 3am yesterday and floated over to the western edge of the dock where it got jammed. Authorities extinguished the blaze only after it had reduced three stalls –– Captain Bethel, Da Bag Seafood and Wings and Daddy Bow –– to wood and ashes. No injuries were reported.

Cacha Armbrister, co-owner of Da Bag Seafood and Wings stall, said she didn’t realise how serious the fire was until her father sent her a video.

“I can’t just sit here and cry over it,” she said. “The space is open so I guess it’s just time for a new beginning, to start over. But it’s not cheap because it wasn’t cheap putting the building here to start.”

Renell Armbrister, co-owner of Da Bag Seafood and Wings, said the stall was supposed to be renovated and reopened next year.

She said renewing insurance for the restaurant was challenging because Potter’s Cay Dock is a high-risk area.

She said her insurance premium was worth the high price initially but suggested the stall was not currently insured. “We don’t have many companies that are willing to take that risk and insure us,” she said.

Kevin Desir, owner of The Island Chef, believes he will close his damaged stall for four days and spend about $5,000 on repairs. He said he hopes the cost doesn’t exceed that “because it is rough right now”. He said the first thing he would do is reconnect water.

This fire comes more than two years after an April 11, 2021, fire destroyed six stalls on the eastern side of the dock. Rebuilding efforts for vendors affected by that blaze are still ongoing.

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Baha10 1 week, 4 days ago

Instead of worrying about a few Conch Salad Stands … surely the Breaking News should be whether or not to dispatch our BDF to recapture our Ship from the Houthi Rebels off Yemen!


M0J0 1 week, 3 days ago

All stalls need to be broken down and proper structures erected. Obviously there is no code being followed.


AnObserver 1 week, 3 days ago

The second time this has happened in as many years. No doubt the worthless govt will shell out money to help the vendors rebuild more fire hazards.


Sickened 1 week, 3 days ago

The area looks almost exactly the same after the fire, just with more garbage (wood) lying around. It smells better too. I take burnt wood over conch slop, urine, nanny and rotten vegetables any day. Nasty!!!!


One 1 week, 3 days ago

These aren't stalls. These are illegal restaurants with no bathrooms or fire protection systems. It's a health and safety hazard. The government allows these government-subsidized businesses to renovate the government-funded structures into illegal restaurants. Meanwhile the private owners profit. If it burns down, no problem the government will pay the owners for losses and pay for the rebuild. Please don't spend taxpayers money on this.


Bonefishpete 1 week, 3 days ago

Scorched Conch ain't going to scorched itself.


ThisIsOurs 1 week, 3 days ago

Waiting for the port controller to make a statement that fire safety is an internal matter. I honestly dont understand why "Bahamian experience" mean everything have to look like a shantytown. Where that come from? That een Bahamian. People selling all over the sidewalk is a recent development just like running the red light... I guess you could argue that law and disorder is cultural .. how else can bribery be so profitable and commonplace... gee me 20 dollars for lunch


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