August 10, 2019

Despite being almost destroyed by fire, there remains a sense of relief among members of what was the Jamaica National Children’s Home, in Papine St. Andrew.

The home opened its doors in 1973 as a branch of Britain’s National Children’s Home, but Friday’s disaster claimed much of the building’s historical infrastructure. Preserved is the doting attitudes the caregivers share for protecting the children.

The Acting Superintendent for Kingston and St. Andrew, Julian Davis-Buckle said that the caregivers’ participation in a fire drill held four days prior, allowed for the safe precautionary steps that ultimately saved the children’s lives.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness was also at the scene comforting the children.

Mayor of Kingston and St. Andrew Delroy Williams commended the Fire Brigade for its quick response to the blaze and encouraged other institutions to follow suit and be consistent in fire drills and training.

Previously, on January 2018, tragedy struck at the Walker’s Place of Safety on Lyndhurst Crescent also in St. Andrew, when two female wards of the state were killed and the building destroyed.