In the late hours of October 2, a fire started at the Antigua Yacht Club Marina in English Harbour, leading to devastation. While the cause of the fire is not yet known and under investigation, it was reportedly caused by a lightning strike from Tropical Storm Philippe, which made landfall in Barbuda earlier that day.
According to a 5 a.m. statement on October 3 by Antigua and Barbuda’s National Office of Disaster Services, firefighters were continuing to suppress the blaze, and wind gusts were creating a challenge in extinguishing the fire.
Prime Minister Gaston Browne gave his thanks that no one got seriously hurt, and shared that “as a resilient people, we soldier on.” The fire will lead to a loss of at least 100 jobs. The building was home to Cloggy’s, Skullduggery Café, the dockmaster’s office, and more.
The Antigua Yacht Club Marina released a statement that says, “Antigua Yacht Club Marina is deeply devastated by the fires that occurred on Monday night, particularly as they have affected the facilities and services within our main complex. Our thoughts are with the affected business owners and their employees during this difficult time.”
Despite the incident, main marina facilities, including diesel, water, electricity, and dockage, remain fully operational. Even with some adjustments, AYCM is determined to make the upcoming season a great one.
“We are committed to providing uninterrupted services to our visitors and guests. A new location for our office has already been set in motion to ensure seamless communication and assistance for all our customers,” the statement shares. “Antigua Yacht Club Marina remains resilient and determined to continue serving the sailing and yachting community with the same dedication and excellence. We look forward to welcoming you back and appreciate your continued trust in us.”