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Grand Turk ‘fire’ images reminiscent of recent Haiti riot; police make arrest

Grand Turk, April 25, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – Images of raging, isolated infernos were shared on social media and the photographs looked disturbingly like scenes from Haiti recently where there was civil unrest, rioting and looting.

One social media writer said, “Grand Turk was a den of criminal activity last night, the criminals tried to set fire to the black plastic surrounding the old library premises…” the person continued with, “then they moved to backsalina area where they set fires to the trash outside Sunny Foods and Smart.”

Police just after 3 p.m. today reported that there were two fires and a suspect is in custody.

“Police on Grand Turk are investigating two fires that were reported on Wednesday, April 24th, 2019.  In the first incident, at 12:05 a.m. 911 received a report of a small garbage fire on Front Street, in the Vicinity of the Cockburn Town Beverages and the Grand Turk Library. At 12:24 a.m., 911 received a second report of a fire located at a Grocery Store on West Road. According to reports, the trailer that housed garbage was set on fire.  Both fires were extinguished by the Fire Officials, with the assistance of private citizens.  One male was arrested on suspicion of setting fire to a building. He remains in Police Custody.”

It is said that the suspect was caught on video surveillance.

The incidents all happened minutes after midnight, April 24, 2019.

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