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-As fire destroys Laparkan Bond

The Guyana Fire Service is currently conducting investigations to determine the cause of the massive fire which destroyed the Laparkan Storage Bond and the storage bond of another company which has been identified as ‘Tropical’.

These bonds are housed at the Guyana National Shipping Corporation Wharf at Lombard and Broad streets, Georgetown.

According to reports the fire started around 23:45hrs on Sunday at the northern end of the bond and according to Minister of Home Affairs, Robeson Benn an estimated 12 vehicles were destroyed along with cargos..

Comptroller of Custom Excise and Trade Operations at the Guyana Revenue Authority Rohan Beekho while speaking to the media said the fire was beyond control. However, he assured that systems are being put into place to ensure business goes on.

"of course we are concerned about revenue losses ,but inventory is something we are to work on very quickly and as soon as they get their act together we are ready to implement the temporary measure"

Rohan said

Meanwhile, GRA Commissioner-General Godfrey Statia said GRA at this time is concerned about whether the vehicles and other items were covered by insurance.

As for now Statia said GRA can pledge their support to facilitate easy clearance when these lost items are reshipped.

"what we would do...we would try to facilitate the clearance of them as soon as possible but for the reintubation that has to be something that has to be worked out between LPK and the insurance companies and shippers"

Fire Chief Gregory Wickham, has pledged the Fire Service commitment to the investigation and assured as soon as the cause is determined it will be made known to the public.

This is a developing story.


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