Fire destroys Norton Street house 


A fire of unknown origin destroyed a two-storey house along Norton Street, Georgetown Wednesday afternoon.

The man who lived at the house told fire fighters that he is unsure what caused the fire.

A neighbour, Flexon James, told the News Room that he was in his kitchen at about 15:00hrs when he saw smoke emanating from the bottom flat of the house.

The man said he alerted other neighbours and they subsequently formed a bucket brigade in a bid to extinguish the fire.

Flexon James, the neighbour who alerted persons about the fire

“I start smelling smoke and then I hear bow. I decided to look outside and I saw the house was on fire. I was doing some washing at the same time. I empty the washing machine and started bailing it on the fire,” James said.

During this time, another neighbour called the fire service. The man said the person who lives in the house – Gary – was not home at the time.

A business operates in front of the destroyed house but that building was not affected.

Fire fighters responded to the fire immediately after receiving a call just after 15:00 hrs. Fire tenders from West Ruimveldt, Alberttown, Campbelleville and Central Georgetown quickly went into action upon arrival. While the firefighters managed to contain the fire to the building. It was unfortunately destroyed.

“We came, we surround the fire and we managed to contain it to the same building. The guy state that they have current and he just left on a television,” Fire Officer Charles said.

The firefighter related that an investigation was immediately launched to determine the cause of the fire.


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