Grange concerned by fire at Half Way Tree clock tower

The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has instructed the Jamaica National Heritage Trust to see that no further damage is done to the clock tower in Half Way Tree which was the scene of a fire this morning.

Minister Grange said she was “grateful that no-one was hurt in the fire” but expressed “concern over damage to iconic clock”.

The initial report from the JNHT team which assessed the damage to the site indicated that there appeared to be no major damage to the tower, however, the clock itself was exposed to the fire. Other assessments will be done.

Minister Grange said the JNHT must now do whatever is necessary to protect the tower from any exposure that may do additional damage.


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