Father and son homeless after early morning fire
A father and his 16-year-old son are now homeless after a fire of unknown origin ripped through their three- bedroom home in the wee hours of Sunday at D’Edward Village, West Coast Berbice.
Alvin Spencer, 58, recalled being awakened to shouts of “Dad! Dad! Dad!” and then realizing he was surrounded by a ball of flame in his bedroom.
He said he was sound asleep, and if his son didn’t wake him he would have been trapped in the bedroom.
“ When I wake up is the big blaze inside the house; I couldn’t try to save nothing cause I just try to focus and my son and me to get out.”
Spencer said he would live and work in Barbados also but would come home and built the house “piece by piece.”
However, his main intention during this trip was to ensure his son is equipped with everything needed and is comfortable as he prepares to write CSEC 2020.
“All the computer and his work were destroyed. Ah just trying to clean for the holiday to set it in order and this tragedy come on me.”
Spencer added that he had hopes to further expand the house so he has been stocking up on concrete blocks and other supplies which were all destroyed during the blaze.
“I was hoping for a fresh start for the new year,” he said.
The man remains puzzled as to how the fire started since no electricity was connected to the house and nothing was left lighting.
He estimated his losses in the region of $8M. Calls were made to the fire service but they arrived a little before dawn when the house was completely destroyed.
The fire victim is also opened to assistance and can be contacted on telephone number 671 5476.