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Fire of unknown origin guts two city restaurants – 20th Jun 2013

shot0003Two Durban Street restaurants were gutted in an early morning fire, the origin of which is still to be determined. It was just around 1:45 when passersby said they saw flames coming from inside the Gold Lion Chinese restaurant. They said they immediately called the Guyana Fire Service, but by the time they arrived, the building was already engulfed in flames. The building had several flammable devices used for cooking purposes and this did not help local firefighters who struggled for a period of time before containing the blaze.

As the fire spread security was beefed up outside of the Camp Street Prison. The jailhouse is located in Camp Street,  which is adjacent  to the restaurants.

Leingcen Hong, owner of the Gold Lion restaurant, where the fire reportedly started, said he closed the business just around midnight. He said an hour after, while heading to a popular nightspot, he was informed by a member of the Guyana Police Force that his business was on fire.

Hong said no one was occupying the building at the time. He said he spent in excess of 30 million dollars to bring his business up to standard, but it was never insured.

The Chinese businessman expressed disappointment with members of the Guyana Fire Service, who he claims were not prompt.

Fire Chief, Marlon Gentle said by the time the Fire Service arrived, the building was already consumed.

The fire also swept through the nearby building which housed the Supreme Snackette. Richard April, a brother of the owner, recounted what was told to them about the fire.

Both businesses have been operating at the Durban and Camp Street location for over 7 years.

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