Two attempts to destroy the PNM office in Roxborough by fire in the early hours of Thursday morning were short-lived due to quick action by citizens and members of the Fire Service. A man has since been detained for questioning. The PNM office is one that is being utilised by Area Representative Hilton Sandy.
Superintendant Garth Nelson of the C.S.I Unit told Tobago News that there are no signs that the fire was politically motivated. Nelson explained that at approximately 1:20 am, an elderly man stopped a vehicle on the road and informed the driver that the PNM constituency office in Roxborough was on fire. The driver then tamed the fire, while the Roxborough Fire Service was summoned to the location and the fire was extinguished.
However, four hours later, a female street sweeper reported to the Police Station that while she was on the road, she saw the PNM constituency office door open and close. According to the woman, shortly after, a man exited the building and smoke could be seen emanating from the office. The police and fire department were summoned to the scene and the fire was brought under control.
Later in the day, the fire department and a CSI officer perused the scene for clues to their investigation. Superintendent Nelson told Tobago News, the investigation is still ongoing and promised to deal with the matter seriously.