Fire broke out at the national children’s home yesterday

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness says his Administration will be acting quickly to rebuild the Jamaica National Children’s Home in Papine, St Andrew where a fire broke out yesterday evening.
Sections of the facility, which housed 41 children, were destroyed in the blaze. Loss is estimated at $150 million.

None of the wards were hurt in the fire.

The prime minister, in a social media post this morning, said the children will be temporarily rehoused while the facility is rebuilt.

“I had the opportunity to speak with some of the children last night; they are all very smart and outspoken and in good spirits despite the unfortunate events of the evening,” he added.

Noting that this is the third fire at a children’s home in the past two years, Holness said the Government “will be taking a closer look at State homes to ensure that our wards are safely housed”.

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