Siblings homeless after fire destroys home


Shamar Daniels, 22, and his sister Alpha Daniels are now homeless after a fire destroyed their house on Wednesday at Corlita Street, West Ruimveldt, Georgetown.

The siblings left for work early on Wednesday and neighbours contacted them just after 10:00hrs to say their house was on fire. The Guyana Fire Service managed to contain the blaze but the house and everything inside suffered extensive damage.

Shamar said the house had no electricity and so he is convinced that the fire is not electrical in origin.
“Them ain’t get no current in the house right now. [GPL] come and cut off the current like two weeks ago,” Shamar told reporters at the scene.

Shamar Daniels (Photo: News Room/July 6, 2022)

A neighbour told the News Room that he was fixing his motorcycle when he noticed smoke emanating from the house and contacted the Fire Service.

Meanwhile, Shamar explained that his mother died two months ago and he had taken over the house and was working to refurbish it.

The man said he had already bought new furniture and tiles which all got destroyed in the fire. Shamar,who works as a surveillance monitor at Guyana Shore Base Inc., said he recently got paid and had approximately $60,000 cash inside the house.

“I gah work and build it back, but I don’t know what I will do now,” Shamar said.

The house on fire (Photo: News Room/July 6, 2022)

He suspects that his estranged brother may be behind the fire. Shamar recalled that his brother attempted to set fire to the house recently and had threatened to harm the family.

“I had to take out a restraining order against [him] also,” Shamar said.

Meanwhile, his sister Alpha, who is a member of the Guyana Police Force, said she recently moved in with her brother.

“I only move over here about a week and all my stuff, everything down the drain,” Alpha said.

Alpha Daniels (Photo: News Room/July 6, 2022)
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