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Fire Destroys Walkin Marine Complex

This photo provided by a passerby, shows the pre-dawn inferno

Fire of yet-to-be-established origin gutted the Walkin & Sons Marine Sales and Service establishment located along Blue Hills Main Road in Providenciales early Thursday Morning.

The two buildings on the complex were completed razed by the inferno, however, the Rubis Gas Station located at the front of the complex was untouched.

Individuals were seen putting out fire remnants on the property after the departure of the fire department (Newsline Photo)

It is reported that at about 2:20a.m. the police received a report from a caller that the ‘Walkin Marine’ building was on fire. The Fire Department, which was immediately informed, dispatched one domestic firefighting truck, along with a water tanker and a firefighting truck from the Providenciales International Airport.

Smoke seen still coming from the back section of the building (Newsline photo)

It took the firefighters approximately four and a half hours to put the blaze under control, as it was minutes to 7a.m. that the fire department reported that the inferno was extinguished.

Proprietor for the property Mr. Sherlock Walkin, who visited the scene, was in obvious shock.

A view of the fire destroyed all the contents of the buildings, reducing them to mere shells.

The gas station at the front of the property appears to be untouched (NewslineTCI Photo)

The Fire Department told NewslineTCI that investigations, as post time, had not commenced because the building inside the building was still hot from the blaze. A fire officer pointed out that as soon as it is possible, they would commence their investigation.

Sherlock Walkin, proprietor of Walkin Marine is reduced to an onlooker, after his establishment was gutted by fire early Thursday morning

Walkin and Sons Marine is a locally owned and operated family-run retailer that offers marine gear to accommodate fishing, boating, and water sport needs in the Turks and Caicos.

They are known offer the best in a vast variety of supplies including marine hardware, coatings, and chemicals, epoxy resins, fishing rods, bait and tackle, ropes, life vests and boat shades. The onsite yard and workshops also offer service and repairs, and vessel storage.


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