Vic­to­ria fam­ily loses ev­ery­thing in fire

Stabroek News Sunday - - LETTERS -

A fam­ily of seven lost all their be­long­ings af­ter a fire, sus­pected to be of elec­tri­cal ori­gin, gut­ted their Lot 7 Vic­to­ria, East De­mer­ara home on Fri­day morn­ing.

Sun­day Stabroek un­der­stands that fire started in­side the home just af­ter 8 on Fri­day morn­ing while three of the seven oc­cu­pants were at home.

Adeyemi Rollins, one of the three who was home at the time, told this news­pa­per that she was on the stairs comb­ing her aunt’s hair when she started feel­ing in­tense heat com­ing from in­side the house.

“I try ask­ing one of my cousin, named Sa­muel, what he do­ing in­side the house but my other cousin said he not at home. So, when I pushed the door to open and see, the room was on fire, the car­pet ev­ery­thing was on fire,” Rollins said.

The young woman went on to say that af­ter re­al­is­ing the fire was spread­ing, she quickly turned off the main switch and ran out of the house.

An­other rel­a­tive, who was not at home at the time told this news­pa­per that she was at work when she re­ceived a phone call in­form­ing her that the house was on fire.

It was also al­leged that though at­tempts were made to call the 911 emer­gency num­bers for as­sis­tance, the op­er­a­tor on the other end of the line kept hang­ing the phone. It was not un­til the fourth at­tempt that the neigh­bour was told to call the fire emer­gency num­ber 912 in­stead.

It was ex­plained that though neigh­bours tried to ex­tin­guish the blaze, they’re ef­forts were in vain, and by time the fire ten­ders ar­rived at the scene, the wooden struc­ture had al­ready burnt all the way to the ground

As a re­sult, Rollins said they were un­able to save any­thing, leav­ing the fam­ily, in­clud­ing three school aged chil­dren and a pen­sioner with noth­ing.

Mean­while, fire in­ves­ti­ga­tors are said to have found ev­i­dence that the fire started be­tween the Guyana Power and Light con­nec­tion to the house and the fuse box.

The ashen re­mains of the Vic­to­ria, East Coast De­mer­ara house.

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