Tax Administration Jamaica, TAJ, is urging the public not to panic about documents that may have been destroyed in a fire at the Constant Spring Tax Office in St. Andrew on Monday morning.

Chief Corporate Communications Officer at the TAJ, Meris Haughton, told our news center on Monday, that an assessment of the damage caused by the fire has not yet started.

Ms Haughton explained that the concern at this time is to rid the building of potentially hazardous fumes.

Ms. Haughton says the public will be updated about the condition of the affected files in short order.

She says a thorough check will be done to confirm the number of files that may have been damaged.

Meanwhile, she’s seeking to remind the public that in the event that physical files are damaged, the records would’ve also been stored electronically.

Meris Haughton, Chief Corporate Communications Officer at Tax Administration Jamaica.

TAJ is urging the public to visit other branches or to conduct transactions online.

Our news center visited the scene at about 11 this morning where thick smoke was seen billowing from a section of the building.

Assistant Superintendent of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Patrick Arscott confirmed that the fire began sometime after 8 am.