Bay St. Fire: Police looking at the possibility of arson
The fire that blazed for several hours on Bay Street has now been extinguished and all attention has turned to finding the causes.
The fire, which started around 3 o’clock this morning, destroyed several iconic buildings of downtown Nassau, including the historic Pompey Museum and all of the artifacts that it contained, and a building that housed The Balcony nightclub.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Glen Miller told The Nassau Guardian minutes ago that police are looking at the possibility of arson.
A Crime Scene Investigation team is on the scene and is concentrating efforts on a specific location, just between the old straw market entrance and that of the Pompey Museum, which was completely destroyed by the fire, said Miller.
This is the second major fire on Bay Street this year. The first occurred on Valentine’s Day when Kelly’s Dock was destroyed. And it comes just over 10 years after the downtown straw market was destroyed by fire in 2001.
The new $11 million straw market was not significantly affected by the fire, officials said.
Bay Street is now open to vehicular traffic.
Motorists are urged to circulate with caution, as clean up and investigative work is still ongoing.