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Friday, January 9, 2009

Jamaica: Residents seize water truck from low-life operator

Sherwood Content residents protest against lack

Frustrated with the continued lack of water, scores of residents of Sherwood Content in Trelawny Friday blocked the main road.

The residents also commandeered a water truck owned by the Falmouth Parish Council.

They claimed the operator of the unit was selling water.

The community has been receiving attention following the exploits of its hero Usain Bolt in the 2008 Summer Olympics.

But today they were not happy.

Friday morning they used their bodies to block the road, and confiscated the key of the Parish Council's Water Truck.

Mayor of Falmouth
Colin Gager said the Parish Council is providing water to residents free of cost and urged them to come forward if they were being charged.

"We are not in the habit of selling water to the public, this is offered really to just to help the residents who are in dire need," he said.

The key to the water truck was handed over after the police intervened.

Fire & Rescue continuous water shuttle water tender operations

Last night at 12:58 am, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue was called to a reported barn fire at 22170 S.W. Stafford Road. When crews arrived they found a fully engulfed, 40 x 60 ft. metal pole barn. T he owner's adult son was on scene and told firefighters that the building had no animals inside and was used for storing equipment, vehicles, and hay � all of which likely contributed to fueling the fire.

The building contained a motor home and a 1959 restored MG sports car. Although the pole barn and vehicles inside were beyond saving when crews arrived, firefighters waged an aggressive fire attack and protected several exposures threatened by the fiery building including a camping trailer, several personal vehicles, and a large fuel storage tank. For almost an hour firefighters battled hostile fire and protected exposures due to the collapsed metal roof and walls that were an impediment to firefighting water. Due to the property being located in an area not served by fire hydrants, water tenders were utilized to provide a continuous water shuttle throughout the firefighting operation. Firefighters remained on scene overnight battling hot spots and ensuring the fire did not spread outside the pole barn.

The fire remains under investigation at this hour. TVF&R's fire investigator plans to go back out to the scene later today.

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