Pensioner’s house destroyed by fire


A fire of unknown origin destroyed the dwelling house of a 65-year-old pensioner, Mr. Tootaram, of Betsy Ground, East Canje Berbice.

The fire incident reportedly occurred on Saturday at around 22:00hrs. According to a police report, the two-storey wooden and concrete structure was unoccupied at the time of the incident.

A neighbour told the police that he was on his verandah when he noticed wires on a Guyana Power and Light (GPL) utility pole sparking in front of the now destroyed building.

The neighbour claimed that shortly after, he saw smoke coming from Tootaram’s home. He immediately alerted other neighbours who made contact with the Guyana Fire Service.

Firemen immediately responded and helped to extinguish the blaze, however, the upper flat of the uninsured building was completely destroyed.

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