West Coast Ber­bice farmer pleads for help af­ter fire de­stroys home

Stabroek News - - EDITORIAL -

A West Coast Ber­bice cash crop farmer is con­tem­plat­ing his next move af­ter a fire of un­known ori­gin de­stroyed his two-storey wooden house last Fri­day evening.

Taras­ingh, 52, of Bath Co­conut Es­tate, Naarstigheid Vil­lage, West Coast Ber­bice told Stabroek News, that he had resided in the house which was com­pletely de­stroyed by the fire for over twenty-five years. The man said that he and his 14-year-old daugh­ter were the only oc­cu­pants of the house. He es­ti­mates his losses at $1.5 mil­lion.

Ac­cord­ing to Taras­ingh, he and his daugh­ter left home on Fri­day af­ter­noon to head to Parika Mar­ket to sell their crops. How­ever, a few vil­lages into the jour­ney, a neigh­bour in­formed Taras­ingh that the house was en­gulfed in flames.

“A neigh­bour tell me the house on fire, me turn back im­me­di­ately and col­lect the fire bri­gade, but by time we meet, ev­ery­thing burn,” said the dev­as­tated man.

“This house nah got elec­tric­ity and nah carry lamp, we does use so­lar pan­els, I don’t know how this could have hap­pened,” Taras­ingh lamented. He spec­u­lated that some­one might have pur­posely set his house on fire with all of his be­long­ings in­side. “I sus­pect some­body put the house on fire, but I can’t say is who be­cause I does live good with ev­ery­body,” he added.

Stabroek News was told that Taras­ingh’s house is lo­cated on govern­ment land. How­ever, he was one of the eight per­sons who at­tended a meet­ing with the Re­gional Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Re­gion Five, Ovid Mor­ri­son ear­lier in the year, which made him el­i­gi­ble for one acre of land. “Them [Re­gion of­fi­cials] been ask we to va­cate the land, but then them been come to one com­pro­mise, to give we one acre of land each, but not ev­ery­body get, just the peo­ple who went to the meet­ing,” he noted.

The dis­traught farmer said that his main con­cern at the mo­ment is en­sur­ing that his daugh­ter con­tin­ues to at­tend school reg­u­larly de­spite the cir­cum­stances.

“We will board up the lil piece that nah burn and live there for now,” he ex­plained. Taras­ingh, who has since moved into his adop­tive par­ents] home said, “I ap­peal to the pub­lic that any help I will ac­cept.”

Per­sons who wish to as­sist Taras­ingh can make con­tact with him on tele­phone num­ber 691 7167.

The re­mains of the house


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