Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Sport 5 -

thanked them in full hear­ing of all the neigh­bours who had gath­ered to watch the blaze.

“The ac­tions that you young men took to­day, I want to take the op­por­tu­nity on the be­half of our fire depart­ment, to com­pli­ment you for the tremen­dous work that you did in as­sist­ing th­ese res­i­dents in get­ting stuff from their houses. You had gar­den hoses; you helped out; I saw some of you as­sist­ing the fire depart­ment in hold­ing those hoses and all of that ac­tion led to the fi­nal out­come we had to­day,” he stressed.

“If you did not do the part you did, it would prob­a­bly be worse.”

The young­sters later told the MID­WEEK NA­TION they just “come out here and tek things out of the house. That’s all”.

Speak­ing all at the same time, they said they no­ticed smoke and ran to the area.

“We tek out some of things from in the back while the rest get the hose and spray it ’pon the house and thing. Other peo­ple went through the house and we tek out what we could tek out,” said a 16-year-old who had been des­ig­nated spokesman of the group.

Mean­while, Christo­pher Boyce, who lost ev­ery­thing but the shirt on his back, was too dis­traught to speak in de­tail, but did man­age to say he was in his bed­room when he re­alised the kitchen was on fire.

His aunt, Lau­rine Boyce, said she was wash­ing when she heard a strange noise.

At first she thought her son had left one of his ma­chines on, but then she saw flames and screamed for help.

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