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West Berbice family homeless following fire

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By Royan Abrams

A West Coast Berbice (W.C.B) cane harvester is estimating $4M worth in loses after a fire of unknown origin completely destroyed his two-story wooden and concrete home at about 22:00 hours on Tuesday, November 15,2016.

News Room understands that the home owner, 54-year-old Thakur Persaud of lot 4 Section ‘A’ D’Edwards Village, West Coast Berbice, and his family had retired to bed when he was awoken by his wife who informed him that she was smelling smoke.

Persaud’s partner 47-year-old Pulmattie Hunt told reporters that after she was awakened by the smoke and woke her husband who made checks and observed a huge blaze in the hallway of his home. She added that her husband immediately grabbed her and the other occupants and they quickly evacuated the building and alerted neighbours who called the Guyana Fire Service.

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The cause of the fire is yet to be determined.

However, neighbours are saying that the Onverwaght Fire Station which is closer to the scene took almost an hour to arrive, at which time the house was completely burnt.

Meanwhile, officials from the Regional Democratic Council in Region Five visited the couple to lend their support They are expected to provide financial support to ensure the children affected are all set to return to school.

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Investigations into the fire are currently ongoing.

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