The New Year celebrations in the city of Castries were interrupted by the sounds of ambulance and fire sirens.
Fire and Rescue personnel from the St. Lucia Fire Service were called to extinguish a blaze in a community in Castries in the wee hours of New Year’s Day.
Initial reports indicated that approximately eight dwellings in the community of Rose Hill were destroyed due to the early morning blaze.
According to an eyewitness, emergency vehicles experienced difficulties reaching the burning buildings due impart to the size of the roads.
The severity of damage and loss of life was unconfirmed at press time.
An investigation into the cause of the fire has begun.