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Suspected arson of abandoned building at Persis Rodgers Home

A suspected case of arson at Persis Rodgers Home for the Aged yesterday left three Fire Services officers in hospital but all of the home’s residents are safe, according to police.

An unoccupied building on the property caught fire in the early hours of the morning. Shortly before 5 a.m. as Fire Services officers attempted to extinguish the flames, the building collapsed injuring the officers, police said. They were listed in stable condition.

St. Barnabas MP Shanendon Cartwright said in a statement: “This morning’s sinister and cowardice act of arson at the Persis Rodgers Home for the Aged in the Oakes Field community is deeply troubling and should enrage every Bahamian.

“I’ve communicated with both the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the administration of the Persis Rodgers Home regarding the incident and ongoing security measures.

“We are ultimately grateful that there were no lives lost and no injuries to any of the residents of the home.

“This despicable and criminal act is under intense investigation by the Royal Bahamas Police Force,” Cartwright said.

“We join with all in the Oakes Field community and Bahamians everywhere in condemning this reprehensible, hateful and deliberate targeting of our nations most prized possession, our elderly. May God continue to cover them and keep them.”

Cartwright wished a speedy recovery for the injured officers.

The home is in his constituency.

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