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Two homes were destroyed in the mid-morning fire. (Photo: Karamo John)

ST. VINCENT: – Several wards at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital in Kingstown were evacuated Tuesday morning, Nov. 23, as a fire destroyed two wooden houses in the vicinity.

Police in the capital city are investigating the cause of the blaze, which left two families homeless and affected eight others at a neighbouring apartment building, according to the National Broadcasting Corporation.

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Police also say no one was injured in the blaze, which started shortly after 9AM and was visible from the Central Kingstown community of Sharpes Dale.

However, it was not immediately clear how many persons were living in the destroyed homes or what provisions were made to accommodate them.

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Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves said the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) was “doing the assessment”.

Photographs show that Senator Michelle Fife, who will represent the ruling Unity Labour Party (ULP) in the December 13 general elections, visited the families affected.

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Speaking on the campaign trail Tuesday night, he said that all agencies responded well.

“NEMO was on the spot. The Fire Brigade and the police worked magnificently. The hospital staff and Famo security and the Red Cross and we have to thank New Haven for helping us out and OT — all those who assisted us. I don’t think I named everybody here. Nothing happened to the hospital but we had to clear out the hospital and these various places allowed us to keep the patients for a while. We had some also at Victoria Park. I want to thank everybody who has been involved,” Gonsalves said.

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Patients being returned to the hospital from the nearby Victoria Park. (Photo: Kamaro John)
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ULP West Kingstown candidate Michelle Fife visited the scene. (Photo: Kamaro John)