Horace Thomas, Senior Deputy Superintendent of the Jamaica Fire Brigade and Maxine Samuels, a restaurant owner on Matthews Lane
Firefighters say steady progress is being made to extinguish the blaze which engulfed two buildings on Matthews Lane and Princess Street in downtown Kingston this morning.
The blaze, which started sometime after 2 o'clock Tuesday morning, has destroyed shops and a restaurant on one building on Matthews Lane, as well as stalls, and is burning its way through a neighbouring commercial building on Princess Street.
The building on Princess Street houses a textile wholesale, which is proving to be a headache for firefighters due to the nature of the materials.
Horace Thomas, Senior Deputy Superintendent in charge of operations for the Kingston and St. Andrew Division of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, said some of the businesses suffered fire and water damage.
Maxine Samuels, a restaurant owner on Matthews Lane, says she has suffered an estimated $1.2 million in losses.
She said the building which housed her restaurant is still on fire.
The cause of the fire has not been determined.
A firefighter, who was shocked by high tension wires this morning was treated and released from hospital.