Residents of Union Island, will be receiving assistance from Grenada’s Government, following a fire that destroyed the island’s only gas station and resulted in the death of two people.
The government’s offer of refueling assistance has been communicated directly to the Director of Grenadines Affairs in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
In a statement, the Government of Grenada 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 the gas station located at Clifton, Union Island, occurred on Tuesday, 19 May 2020, engulfing 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.
Pending St Vincent’s acceptance of Grenada’s offer, refueling support will be provided to the neighboring residents of Union Island, between the business hours of 8 am and 6 pm daily.
The relevant authorities said they will determine the recommended protocols under which the proposed refueling assistance will take place and steps will be taken to ensure full compliance.
Meanwhile, Grenada’s government extended sincere condolences on the passing of the gas station owner, who succumbed to injuries sustained in the fire.