Car, houses destroyed as firefighters battled five fires in one day
The Guyana Fire Service says there is a spike in fires across the country after responding to several incidents over the past week, with five of them occurring on Saturday alone.
At approximately 02:00 hrs on Saturday, a crew responded to a building on fire at ‘C’ Field Sophia Reserve, Greater Georgetown.
The structure involved was a one-flat wooden building under construction, owned and occupied by 21-year-old Isaiah Thomas.
As a result of the fire, the building and its contents were destroyed, leaving Thomas homeless.
The purported cause of the fire was a malicious setting by person(s) unknown.
Meanwhile, at 09:20 hrs, on Saturday, firefighters responded to a car on fire at Concrete Street, Leonora, West Coast Demerara.
The vehicle was a black Nissan bearing registration number PJJ5730, owned by 56-year-old Lloyd Persaud and driven by 24-year-old Brandon Persaud.
The fire started after a ruptured fuel line came into contact with hot engine components, ignited, and spread to the entire bonnet,” the fire service noted.
As a result of the fire, the entire engine and bonnet of the car were destroyed.
Later in the day, at about 12:50 hrs, a crew responded to a house on fire at Lot 66 Remus Agricola, East Bank Demerara.
The structure was a two-storey wooden and concrete building owned by 45-year-old Howard Samuels and occupied by 36-year-old Tenefa Samuels and her two family members.
The building and its contents were destroyed, leaving all of the occupants homeless.
The purported cause of the fire was an overload of the electrical circuit, which resulted in arcing and sparking and the subsequent ignition of nearby combustible materials, the fire service said.
Two houses and a zinc fence in close proximity to the building of origin were also affected by radiated heat.
Later, at 02:20 hrs, the same team from the Eccles Fire Station responded to a fire at Lot 16 New Providence, East Bank Demerara.
Upon arrival, firefighters observed a two-storey wooden and concrete building with an adjoining flat engulfed in flames.
The building was owned by 80-year-old Florence Ramsaroop and occupied by 28-year-old Seth Persaud.
As a result of the fire, the building and its contents were destroyed, leaving one person homeless.
Fire prevention officers are currently investigating what caused the fire.
Finally, at 23:55 hrs, a fire was reported at Lot 262 South Vryheid’s Lust, East Coast Demerara.
The structure was a two-storey wooden and concrete building owned by 42-year-old Vanessa Lewis, who occupied it along with five others.
As a result of the fire, the building and its contents were destroyed, leaving six persons homeless.
“An electrical circuit overload, which resulted in arcing and sparking that ignited nearby combustible materials, is the purported cause of the fire,” the fire service report noted.
The Fire Service is imploring all citizens to be vigilant and to practice fire safety and prevention to avoid any possible fire emergencies.