Fire destroys GECOM Office at Wismar


The sub-office of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) situated at Wismar, Linden in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) was destroyed by fire in the wee hours of Tuesday.

The two-storey concrete building situated at Lot 2 Burnham Drive went up in flames sometime before 02:00h, however firefighters attached to the Linden Fire Station, who responded promptly, were able to contain the blaze to the upper flat and prevented it from spreading to nearby buildings.

While the upper part of the building housed the GECOM Office, the lower flat was empty at the time.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, however it is widely speculated that it was intentionally set.

When this publication arrived on the scene, firefighters were busy trying to get the flames under control, however the building suffered visible internal damages.

At the time of the incident, there were guards on duty and a wooden guard hut situated outside the building remained untouched. A GECOM official attached to the Linden offices noted that they received a call at approximately 01:58h informing them of the fire.

Police were also summoned to scene. Investigations are ongoing.