Con­struc­tion worker’s home burns down weeks after bury­ing mom

The Star (Jamaica) - - Front Page - AKERA DAVIS STAR Writer

It has been a se­ries of un­for­tu­nate events for 55-year-old Simi­cie Bran­ton. Fol­low­ing the burial of his mother in May, he is now left with­out a safe haven after fire gut­ted his home in Mo­rant Bay, St Thomas, last Satur­day.

Stressed out with nowhere to turn, Bran­ton ex­pressed that he was on the verge of re­coup­ing the ex­penses of his mother’s funeral.

“When I sit down and look back, I have to say why me God, my mother funeral was $310,000 and is me and my sis­ter alone stand that. Me get over it and say well, time to move on be­cause mommy gone and not even 80 per cent me nuh gone yet. Me a pick up the pieces and then me get a call say me house burn down. Je­sus man me feel it,” he told THE STAR. “I’m telling you the two in­ci­dent lick me in my head. A fight me fight to hold it to­gether.”

Bran­ton was seem­ingly still in a daze after the life-chang­ing or­deal, which de­stroyed all his as­sets.

“I work night and day to get my things and see that I just lose them like that,” he said. “Me work hard for my things and me lose all my fur­ni­ture them.”

Bran­ton said he also lost a large sum of money that was stashed away in the house. He was on his way home from work in Kingston when he got the un­de­sir­able call that his place was ablaze.

“I was on a bike and when I got the call, I hang up same time and try to reach the house be­cause I was close by. When I reach and see ev­ery­body a throw wa­ter on the house, me a tell you say me freeze. Me couldn’t be­lieve that ev­ery­thing for me flat,” said Bran­ton.

The con­struc­tion worker told THE STAR that he has hope of re­build­ing, but even his tools were burnt.

“Ev­ery­thing flat so it’s not like me can help my­self now be­cause me nuh have noth­ing, and the tools would be the most im­por­tant thing,” he said.

Bran­ton is will­ing to pick up the pieces but he is with­out a stream of in­come; he has lost ev­ery­thing.

“One shirt me have pon me back, wash and wear, so I don’t know what I’m go­ing to do right now. A bare headache me have and all that I’m do­ing for it to go down, it’s not work­ing. A just de­pres­sion,” he said. “Me just need some help be­cause it would be a great Almighty God thing that some­body could stand up for me and help me to get back on my feet. I would ap­pre­ci­ate any­thing I can get be­cause it would help, trust me.”

Per­sons wish­ing to as­sist Bran­ton can call him at 876-5933-564


Simi­cie Bran­ton’s house was de­stroyed by fire last Satur­day.

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