Grenada offers help to Union Island following deadly explosion

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Grenada is offering assistance to residents of Union Island, following a fire on Tuesday May 19, 2020 that destroyed the island’s only gas station.

According to Grenada’s ruling New National Party (NNP), the government’s offer of refuelling assistance has been communicated directly to the Director of Grenadines Affairs in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

In a statement made on its Facebook page, the NNP said, “the Grenada government said it recognizes the importance of being our brother’s keeper which it considers to be even more important during this period. However, it also recognizes that due process must be followed.”

“…Additionally, being still in the midst of the war on Covid-19, public health and safety remain a priority; therefore, all recommended protocols will be duly enforced, even as this helping hand is extended.”

The explosion at UniGas Fuel Station located at Clifton, Union Island, engulfed the gas station in flames and spreading to nearby buildings.

“Carriacou is located just 8 miles south of Union Island, and like the rest of the tri-island state, borders were closed on 23 March 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” the post continued.

The NNP said, “pending St Vincent’s acceptance of Grenada’s offer, refuelling support will be provided to the neighbouring residents of Union Island, between the business hours of 8 am and 6 pm daily.”

The relevant authorities will determine the recommended protocols under which the proposed refuelling assistance will take place and steps will be taken to ensure full compliance.

Meanwhile, the government also extended “sincere condolences on the passing of the gas station owner, who succumbed to injuries sustained in the fire.”

A second victim also succumbed to his injuries. The third, a female, has been flown to Trinidad and Tobago for medical assistance.