Guyana Fire Service averts massive destruction


By Leroy Smith

As the occupants of a Coldigen home on the East Coast of Demerara were out last night (Thursday, February 23, 2017), firefighters were at their home battling a blaze in an effort to the save the house from complete destruction.

When the News Room arrived on the scene at midnight on Thursday, the fire was already under control but there were extensive damages to the house caused by both the fire and water used to extinguish the blaze.

One man said that he was out and it was while heading home that he saw the fire in the roof of the building and immediately telephoned the Guyana Fire Service (G.F.S) which responded promptly with two fire tenders from Georgetown.

The Firefighters were not required to use water from the canal as the water in the tenders was sufficient to bring the fire under control. There were several doors which had to be smashed in and locks broken to allow the men to gain access to various parts of the building.

The Guyana Power and Light Emergency crew arrived on the scene shortly after, de-energising  the area and in the process also blew a transformer plunging other surrounding communities into darkness. This was however quickly rectified.

The occupants subsequently arrived on at the location and praised the Fire Service after they managed to save the two-storey house from going up in flames.

The home is said to be occupied by a couple. News Room was also told that several children are usually seen at the house.

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