Fire destroys Pensioner’s house in Kingston


An 81-year-old man is now homeless after his Lot 33, Barack Street, Kingston, Georgetown wooden and concrete house went up in flames early on Thursday.

Dhanhiram Harcharan told the News Room that he works as a gardener and leaves home at about 06:00h every day; he would spend three hours at his job before returning home at around 09:30h but this morning, there was nothing to return to.

Dhanhiram Harcharan (in blue shirt) along with others following the fire [Photo: News Room/June 25, 2020]
“I was actually coming home from work and then I saw the firemen and all these people here… I don’t know what really happen, what really start the fire,” Harcharan told the News Room as he stood under the ruins of his home.

The man lived at the location for some 22 years and with his belongings accrued during that time, he estimates his losses to be just above $20M.

The pensioner’s house was completely destroyed [Photo: News Room/June 25, 2020]
The house is located in close proximity to a business place.

Fire tenders arrived on the scene and prevented the fire from spreading to nearby buildings.

The pensioner said he will be moving in with one of his sons who lives at Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara.

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