Nevis Premier Vance Amory (L) inspecting the fire damage
By Caribbean News Now contributor
CHARLESTOWN, Nevis -- Nevis Premier Vance Amory, in a national address on Thursday evening, revealed that a report into the fire that destroyed the Nevis Financial Complex earlier this year found that arson was clearly the cause of the January 17 blaze.
According to the findings of Canadian fire investigator Robert Riches, “Two incendiary devices were used. The devices were petroleum based. These devices entered the structure through a maintenance opening on the west side of the building. Both devices landed on the false ceiling. One device landed towards the southwest corner of the Treasury office, the second landed approximately three feet from the front door on the north side of the Treasury office. The devices ignited thus starting the fire.”
The report further stated, “After completing this comprehensive forensic fire re-construction and analysis, it is the opinion of the investigators that this was not a random act of mischief but rather a well-developed and orchestrated plan of mayhem. We are of the opinion that a well thought out plan of attack was made at the heart of the government and people of Nevis.”
Amory also labeled the fire as an attack on the people of Nevis.
Premier Vance Amory
He stated, “My fellow citizens and residents, these findings speak for themselves. I wish to use this address to appeal to our people to set aside any divisive and dangerous track upon which we have embarked. Whoever orchestrated this criminal assault, launched an attack not only on this Administration but also on the workers in these departments, the persons who could not receive their pensions and other subsistence, the business community who could not transact business with the Administration.
“This was an attack on all the people of Nevis and I think I made that very clear on the morning after the fire.
“I have given instructions that the forensic report be passed to the police in Nevis, in the fervent hope that the perpetrators of this heinous crime against the government and people of Nevis can be caught and brought to justice.
“I call on all the people not to engage in any finger pointing and speculation but rather to assist the Police with actionable information, so that we can bring that person or those persons involved to justice.”
The premier indicated that the report has been forwarded to [Assistant Commissioner of Police] Robert Liburd who is the officer in charge on Nevis and follow-up investigations will be carried out.