FRIDAY, APRIL 13: The huge fire at Marsh Folly was not started deliberately, National Security Minister Wayne Perinchief revealed today.
He told the House of Assembly that deliberate ignition, weather conditions and spontaneous combustion had all been ruled out as causes.
Mr Perinchief said that ‘accidental ignition’ was the most likely cause.
But he added: “There is insufficient evidence to record that as the official cause of the fire.
“Best practice demands that the official cause of the fire be recorded as ‘undetermined’.”
Mr Perinchief also praised the Fire and Rescue Service for their ‘incredible work and professionalism’ in tackling the blaze on March 29.
He also singled out a detachment of 50 soldiers from the Bermuda Regiment for praise.
Mr Perinchief added: “This is an instance where prudent investment in infrastructure, top-level training and state-of the art equipment made all the difference.”