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Fire erupts in Office of the President

A fire tender and Guyana Power and Light vehicle inside the Office of the President compound.

Fire erupted Wednesday afternoon at the Office of the President complex but the Head of State’s main office building was unaffected.

Sources said an air conditioning unit caught afire, resulting in damage to an internal wall and a chair in the building housing the Office of Climate Change.

Staffers used extinguishers to douse the blaze before the arrival of fire fighters. Three fire tenders responded but only one went into action.

At the time of the fire, President Donald Ramotar was in his office. After the fire was extinguished, he left at 3:41 PM.

Several vehicles were removed from the compound during the initial moments of the blaze. When normalcy was restored, several workers were seen leaving before the end of the work day at 4:30 PM.

The Office of the President said in a brief statement that the Climate Change Division, housed in the Office of the President complex, on Shiv Chanderpaul Drive was “affected by a small fire. No one was injured.”

Work in the Climate Change, Accounts and Personnel Divisions which are all housed in the same building was affected.