An investigation is now underway to determine the cause of the fire that gutted Robertson’s Drugstore in St George’s on Saturday, which is believed to have started from an air conditioning unit.

A spokeswoman for the Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service said first responders were alerted by an alarm system and calls from members of the public around 11:50am.

“On arrival we found flames emitting from an air conditioning unit and thick black smoke erupting from multiple windows and eaves surrounding the upper level of the building,” she said.

St George’s MPs Renee Ming and Kim Swan both issued statements. Mr Swan said: “Today’s fire at Robertson’s is a blow for the entire St George’s Community.

“My colleague MP Renee Ming, Minster Lovitta Foggo and I, on behalf of the Progressive Labour Party express that our hearts go out to the Rothwell family, their staff, tenants and neighbours directly impacted by the fire and smoke,” said Mr Swan.

“Many witnesses this terrible fire destroy an important business location in our community. Thanks to first responders, especially the Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service for their work today.”

Area MP Renee Ming, who is currently off the island said she was “deeply saddened to learn of the fire”. “My colleagues in the Progressive Labour Party join me in expressing these sentiments and offer our greatest sympathies to the Rothwell family, employees of Robertson’s Drugstore and the area residents,” said Ms Ming.

“For us St Georgians, the drugstore is a staple of the St George’s community as it is the only drugstore that many St Georgians have ever utilized.

“While the property damage is a tough pill to swallow, I think I speak for all when I say human loss would be more tragic and we can only be grateful that no injuries were sustained,” she said.

“Upon my return, I hope to have the opportunity to speak with those affected and offer any support they may need.”

Meanwhile, owners of the family business will be assessing the damage today with plans to relocate while the building is refurbished. The fire cause the building’s roof to collapse and threatened nearby buildings.

  • Photo Courtesy of Kim Swan MP