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Fire at Sam Lord’s Castle

Fire at Sam Lord’s Castle Fire men are battling the blaze at Sam Lord's Castle. (Nigel Browne)

Wed, October 20, 2010 - 8:35 PM

PEOPLE WATCHED IN awe, despair, disgust and a slew of other emotions as historic Sam Lords Castle burned this evening.

Spectators from the surrounding area gathered to watch fire officials unsuccessfully battle the blaze which consumed the once stately building.

Shareholder, Thomas Grant, called it a “disgrace”.

“It is a disgrace to see the building left this way and now it has gone up in smoke,” he said.

Grant said most of the buildings had already been destroyed by CLICO, who were in the process of acquiring the property, and the castle section was one of the few buildings left.

Divisional Officer, Tyrone Trotman, said one of the problems they faced was a lack of nearby fire hydrants so they had to collect water from hydrants in the surrounding area and bring it to the combined ladder platform appliance for distribution.

As the evening wore on, the fire continued to burn, when asked, Trotman said he had little hope of saving the building.

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Posted by esther rhynd 3 years, 10 months ago
SO SAD to see another historic building gone it can never be replace..............

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Posted by Vance Taylor 3 years, 10 months ago
Wonder who had the most to gain or lose from this crazy deed!

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Posted by Pan Wallie 3 years, 10 months ago
Imagine how a good thing has been allowed to go to waste because of ignorance and pure greed. Who now stands to benefit unless the place was still insured? What has become of all the memorabilia and artifacts that made the Castle distinctly Bajan? Were they earlier removed, stashed here or somewhere abroad? Were they lost in the fire? Why not donate or sell (more greed) them to our Museum? By the way, was the place still insured?

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Posted by Helen Branche 3 years, 10 months ago
This is very sad indeed. My husband and I were married in Sam Lords Castle in 1994, I'm just very happy that we have all the photos!

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