17 homeless in Castello Housing Scheme fire 


A total of 17 persons, including 12 children, are now homeless after a fire destroyed their home at Castello Housing Scheme, La Penitence, Georgetown on Wednesday morning.

The fire started just after 10:00hrs in the two-storey wooden and concrete property. The house is owned by Lynette Barker and according to her son, Levi Barker, the fire started in the front upper bedroom of the house where his sister-in-law resides with her children.

“I had an accident so I deh home a couple weeks and I deh inside sit down on the chair and I hear running upstairs and… when I go upstairs I see smoke,” Levi said.

Internal damages to the house (Photo: News Room/February 02, 2022)

While firefighters arrived promptly at the scene and managed to extinguish the blaze, the upper flat and everything inside were already destroyed. Levi revealed that items in the bottom flat suffered severe water damage.

“We tried to render assistance but it was too overwhelming but thank God for the Fire Service, I [must] compliment them; at least they save the bottom.”

The family does not know what comes next; Levi said most of them grew up in the family house.

“We lately do over back the place,” Levi said while explaining that they lost all of their personal belongings and important documents.

“We had fridges, TVs, documents, it’s a lot of things…a lot of things gone,” Levi said.

Anyone willing to assist the family can contact them on telephone number 601 6636.


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