Sport Minister Issues Actions to be Taken in Response to Fire at INSPORTS

Sport Minister, the Honourable Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange has written to the Chairman of Independence Park Limited (IPL), Honourable Mike Fennell, outlining actions to be taken in response to the fire on June 21, 2016 at the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS), which occupies a section of the IPL complex.

“I have been advised that this fire is only the most recent in a series of fires which has occurred in that building over the last five years. It is my responsibility as Minister to take all the necessary precautionary actions to ensure the safety and well-being of those who occupy and those persons who have occasion to use the building,” Minister Grange said.

The Minister further emphasized, “it is important that the IPL undertakes this course of action in the interest of protecting its reputation.”

Against such background and the fact that the Ministry has not yet received a report from the Fire Department stating the cause of the fire, the Sport Minister requested that the following actions be taken by the IPL:


  1. A reputable firm or individual is to be contracted to carry out a thorough inspection and assessment of the electrical installation and works in the building occupied by INSPORTS. Following the assessment, a comprehensive report should be generated and submitted with appropriate recommendations for further action.
  2. The section of the building occupied by INSPORTS and a few Sporting Associations be closed to all personnel – with the exception of the Police, as of Monday, June 27, 2016. Thereafter, absolutely no one is to be allowed access to that building for any reason, without first gaining the prior written approval of the Ministry.


Minister Grange also indicated that the Ministry will work closely with those affected as a result of the implementation of these actions.


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