Michael Manley’s House Destroyed by Mavis Bank Fire

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A house which belonged to former Prime Minister Michael Manley is one of several destroyed in a massive bush fire in Mavis Bank, St. Andrew which has also hit the island’s coffee industry hard.

The fire is being estimated to have cost coffee farmers over 200-million dollars in losses.

The Government says it’s moving this afternoon to respond to the extensive damage.

Abka Fitz-Henley has more in this report.

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Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.