A ceiling fire at West Shore Plaza last night affected three businesses, they are now sifting through the ashes to figure out the extent of the damage.
The cause of that fire is still under investigation.
Firemen rushed to West Shore Plaza Tuesday evening, to put out a blaze in the shared roof of three businesses. One of them is popular restaurant, Treats.
“It’s not the first time for us, we’ve gone through this already in Ivan 2004, was worse than this one,” said Abdul Hameed, a Partner of Treats who had only last year renovated the restaurant.
Party Mania and a store that was scheduled to open in two weeks sustained smoke damage.
“It was a more tactical approach to extinguish this fire versus a fire when we come on scene we can actually see the fire, that’s what makes these types of calls a little more difficult,” said Randy Rankin, Deputy Chief Fire Officer.
The fire department had to cut a hole in the roof to figure out the next steps to snuff out the blaze.
“That tactical approach that we took, we actually got to save the two adjacent units and the majority of the fire damage and heat damage is to Treats itself, there is slight smoke damage to the other two buildings but all in all those two other buildings are pretty much intact,” said Randy Rankin, Deputy Chief Fire Officer.
The ceiling was badly damaged making it unsafe for owners to go inside and salvage what they can.
“I don’t know anything because of the safety issues the officer is not letting me in, so once they go one, then I’ll assess the damage and we’ll know what has to be done, how long it takes and what we can do as the first priority to whatever the best we can do to our valued customers,” said Mr Hameed.
For Mr. Hameed, his loyal staff of 15 people are now impacted. But he says he and his partners are going to do what they can for them.
“We are going to have a meeting and we will see what are the best we can do for them, we will find a way for them because they fully depend on us, we cannot let them down, they are our family,” said Abdul Hameed.
A business that has been around for 12 years, will now have to pick up the pieces before they can treat their customers again, Philipp Richter, Cayman 27.
We are getting reports of another fire this afternoon, in the Spotts/Newlands area.
We understand there may have been an explosion on a construction site.
Police and fire officers are there.
Our crew’s headed out there and we will bring you the latest as we get it.