Girls or­phan­age was de­lib­er­ate torched

-cops in­ves­ti­gat­ing

Stabroek News - - REGIONAL NEWS -

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the re­cent fire at the Sha­heed Girls Or­phan­age at Ole­an­der Gar­dens, on the East Coast of De­mer­ara, has de­ter­mined that the build­ing was de­lib­er­ately set alight.

A source fa­mil­iar with the find­ings of the Guyana Fire Ser­vice in­ves­ti­ga­tion told Stabroek News that the in­ves­ti­ga­tors were able to con­clude that the fire was set on the bot­tom flat of the eastern side of the build­ing. This re­port was handed over to the po­lice and an in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­der­way.

At about 6 am on Oc­to­ber 20th, the two-storey Lot 7-8 Ole­an­der Gar­dens build­ing, which housed 18 girls and their care­taker, was re­duced to ashes as a re­sult of a fire.

Care­taker Shanti Pooran, 59, was alerted by an or­phan of smoke em­a­nat­ing from the up­per flat of the build­ing.

Pooran raised an alarm af­ter she was alerted about the fire and the Guyana Fire Ser­vice and po­lice were sum­moned.

The build­ing, which was not in­sured, housed the liv­ing quar­ters and prayer room on the up­per flat and a kitchen and din­ing area on the lower flat.

From ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tions, it was de­ter­mined that the fire was not elec­tri­cal in ori­gin.

“There were sev­eral the­o­ries or sev­eral bits of in­for­ma­tion that were given by the oc­cu­pants of the build­ing. At dif­fer­ent points in the day, this in­for­ma­tion seems to be chang­ing sig­nif­i­cantly… but what we know for sure at this point in time is that the fire is not elec­tri­cal, which is one of the no­tions they are try­ing to put for­ward,” a source had ex­plained.

The bike at the scene of the ac­ci­dent along the Mon Re­pos Pub­lic Road, on the East Coast of De­mer­ara.

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