The night of drama began with a police team pinned down by heavily armed gunmen Monday night in the Lizard Town area of Tivoli Gardens after cops ordered home hundreds of persons who gathered at a wake being held for an alleged gangster.
The police’s intervention reportedly triggered a fierce firefight between gunmen and the security forces, with arsonists allegedly flattening the market facility while making their escape.
The team went into the area because they had heard of a gathering of over 200 persons at a wake, so the police asked them to disperse,” said Lindsay.
Rae Rae Market has been devastated by fire at least three times in as many years.
Vendor Marva McEwan, who has sold clothing from Rae Rae Market for more than 40 years, was disgusted by the frequent blazes that have gutted the facility.