September 25, 2016

8 homeless after Corentyne fire

An early morning fire at Bush Lot Village, Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice/Corentyne) has left eight persons homeless, one building flat and another partially destroyed.

Mahadeo’s house was completely destroyed

Mahadeo’s house was completely destroyed

Reports are that the fire which started at around 2:00h neighbours saw flames coming from a kitchen window situated on the lower flat of the two-storied wooden building. At the time of the blaze, no one was at home. Eyewitnesses say the fire quickly swept through the building.
Vijai Mahadeo whose wife is in the maternity ward said that he and his son were sleeping at his mother’s house. “So nobody was in the house but by the time I get a call and I reach, was too late; everything already gone.”
As neighbours formed a bucket brigade and accessed water from a nearby pond, the early morning Corentyne wind made their job difficult.
The raging fire started threatening the next door building but the heat was too intense for the bucket brigade to be very effective.
Meanwhile, one resident said she grabbed her two kids and called on her brother and sister for assistance. Within seconds they reached safety. No one tried to go back for valuables.
The fire service soon arrived and was able to prevent total destruction to the second.
The origin of the blaze is still unknown.

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