The Guyana Fire Service disclosed today that it responded to three incidents of fires on Christmas Day which unfortunately left 13 persons homeless.
With respect to the first incident, Guyana Standard understands that water tenders 102, 105, and 107 from Central and West Ruimveldt Fire Stations were activated in response to a house that was on fire at Lot 169 Rose Street, West Ruimveldt. This occurred around 8:50 hours.
The structure involved was a one flat wooden and concrete building owned and occupied by Jewel Anderson and her family of three.
The purported cause of the fire was a lit mosquito coil left unattended. It subsequently ignited a window curtain and spread to the entire building. The structure and its contents were destroyed leaving four persons homeless.
In the second incident, Water Tender 86 from Corriverton Fire Station responded to a fire around 17:00hrs at Lot 193 Ankerville Port Mourant, Corentyne Berbice. The structure involved was a two storey wooden building occupied by Ravi Rashaney and his family of four. The building and its contents were destroyed leaving five persons homeless.
A one flat wooden and concrete building located at Lot 166 Ankerville Port Mourant, Corentyne Berbice owned by Chandrawattie Deokharan was also affected by the blaze. Six louvre panels and 10 meters of PVC guttering were slightly damaged due to radiated heat from the building of origin.
Also affected by the fire was a one flat wooden and concrete building located at Lot 195 Ankerville Port Mourant, Corentyne Berbice occupied by Andy Dhanessar and his family of five. Five (5) louvre panels on the northern side of the building were destroyed due to radiated heat.
Investigations are underway to ascertain what caused the fire.
Meanwhile, at 9:32 pm, firefighters from Melanie and Campbellville Stations responded to a fire at Lot 45 Company Road, Friendship, ECD.
The structure involved was a two storey wooden and concrete building.
The top floor was occupied by Estwick Leitch and Edorl Leitch, while the ground floor was occupied by Carlton Leitch and Odette Cummings.
The purported cause of the fire is said to be an overloaded electrical circuit. The building and its contents were destroyed leaving four persons homeless.
One silver grey Honda bearing registration number PMM8427 owned by Carlton Leitch was destroyed while a red and black Honda CG150 bearing registration number CE4927 owned by Lincoln Leitch was severely damaged.