UPDATED: November 24, 2011 4:10pm
Another “Heritage” building goes up in flames with the usual reactions from everyone…
1/ Praise for the Fire Service.
2/ “Woaloss, we must rebuild it!”
3/ Total silence about why we as a nation prefer to see historical buildings burn or rot rather than spend the money to protect them. How much would a sprinkler system have cost to install vs. replacing the “irreplaceable” building and historical documents it contained?
4/ Total silence about what company insures the building and what the coverage limitations are.
In a few weeks the truth will set in: the building is a goner and we aren’t going to rebuild it.
What will be the next 100 or 200 year old building to burn that we don’t treasure enough to retrofit with sprinklers?
Photo taken by D. Hunt and sent via someone else.
Barbados Today: Professor Henry Fraser laments the loss, calls for rebuilding. Doesn’t mention that as a society we fail to protect and value our historical buildings.