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Update | Loss from Portland guesthouse fire estimated at millions | New

The loss from last night’s fire which destroyed a 17-room guest house on Titchfield Hill in Port Antonio, Portland is estimated at several million.

It is not yet known if the building was insured.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The incident moved the guests.

George ‘Bermuda Star’ Brown, sixty-seven-year-old caretaker at Clifford’s Guest House, formerly Scotia Guest House, told our press team he was in a room when he heard a woman screaming and he rushed to help.

Brown said he discovered the property was on fire.

“So I steal the door and just then I run around and say I’m going to try and save something, the whole place was covered in fire. It all happened so fast and I tried to grab some pants and a shirt but just couldn’t reach them. Everything that belongs to me is burning,” he said.

“All 17 rooms are burning and all the furniture is falling apart. I think that’s happening and right now I feel like I’m going to have a heart attack,” Brown added. .

According to Brown, hours before the fire, four people had checked in, two of whom were leaving the property to attend a Mother’s Day reception in Port Antonio.

The fire broke out shortly after 9 p.m.

Two Port Antonio fire units responded and upon arrival the building, which is part wood and part concrete, was found to be submerged.

Reinforcements were called in, with a unit from Buff Bay joining the operation.

It took almost two hours to extinguish the flames, followed by a cooling operation.

– Gareth Davis Snr.

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